The panel intends to share and discuss empirical research on the governance and politics of climate change adaptation and GHG mitigation by assembling studies from the Gambia, DR Congo and Ghana.
African governments have responded to the global climate policy framework by submitting National Communications, National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) to the UNFCCC secretariat, as well as by setting up political frameworks and arenas for climate change governance. There is, however, little academic debate about the politics that accompany these processes.Though many activities are on-going that are labelled climate change adaptation, many NAPA and NAMA programs have not yet started due to their high dependency on foreign funds. The panel intends to share and discuss empirical research on the governance and politics of adaptation and mitigation in Africa by assembling ethnographic studies. The Gambia is showcased as good example in climate diplomacy and recipient of aid despite being an electoral authocracy. There is a narrative about the DR Congo to be a ´good student´ in implementing REDD+ policy despite the non-reduction of national deforestation rates. And direct aid flows from internatioal donors to a local NGO in Ghana for the implementation of adaptation programs seem not supportive of the local and national structures for climate change governance.