African states have not had much success in accessing large financial pledges by developed countries to finance climate change in poor countries. Targeted capacity building and institutional linking of science, vulnerability, project design and funding will assist in this process.

To date approximately US$45 million has been disbursed to national climate change projects in Southern Africa by climate change funds ( This figure is dwarfed by the call from the African Union in 2009 for industrialized nations to provide US$67 billion per annum to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation in Africa.

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