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Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm - Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm SAST

This workshop aims to provide a cconceptual understanding of Climate Governance and Institutional Frameworks within the context of sustainable development; Just Climate Negotiations and the Political Economy; Global Climate Change Conventions, Frameworks, Protocols and Agreements; Africa-wide and National Climate Change Policies; Local Government and Corporate Climate Change Policy Systems; and Climate Policy Implementation and Innovations: Existing and Future Good Practices.


The purpose of this SLP is to enable participants to develop a critical understanding and comprehensively interrogate, review, and/or analyse the effectiveness and impact(s) of international, African, national, local, and corporate policies and ethical practices on climate change and good governance practice on climate action within the context of sustainable development. The programme expects to build local capacity in the SADC region to manage issues around climate governance and institutional frameworks, within the climate change negotiation space.


The programme is targeted at government officials, members of an NPO, anyone in a decision-making position that plays a leading role in the climate change space and members of climate activists’ group. This programme is not intended for climate specialists.


The programme content is covered over a period of two days and shall be delivered virtually using group discussions, presentations; case studies and shared experiences.


Participants will be assessed through informal assessment methods such as class exercises, presentations and case studies analysis. Though not graded, each participant will continuously be evaluated through their contribution and participation during the programme to monitor performance, as well as level of understanding through interaction.


Upon completion of the training, the learners should be able to:

  1. Describe the various processes that drives the climate system.
  2. Evaluate the various ways in which climate change impacts on ecosystems and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation.
  3. Critically examine the Climate Change and Sustainable Development nexus.
  4. Assess the Just Transition Mechanism as a pathway to a greener economy.
  5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge on climate protocols, action plans, agreements, and climate pacts.

Participants will be requested to assess the course and provide feedback.


Completion of this course offered by SARUA will lead to a SARUA certificate of completion of Short Learning Program (SLP) on Climate Policies and Governance under the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Programme. This course is offered by SARUA Climate Change associates and expert members of the climate change curriculum team from SADC HEIs.

DATE: 25 –26 April 2023
DURATION:: Two days
ZOOM LINK: Register online
FEES: SARUA Members: Free
Non-members of SARUA: R1000 per person or R3000 per institution capped at five participants.
PROGRAMME: Download the programme


Prof René Pellissier

René Pellissier heads the SARUA Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable development. She is a research specialist and strategist with international experience having worked for universities in Europe, the UK, the US, and research capacity building across Africa, Participated in US/China and US/German collaborative projects and initiatives obo US university. She is an associate of SARUA as programme lead for the EU-funded Climate Change and Sustainable Development. programme and develops higher education leadership and management capacity initiatives for the Cape Higher Education Consortium. She has a management, quantitative and systems background holding an MBA, MSc (Mathematical Statistics) and a PhD (Systems Engineering) and is an experienced author, reviewer and presenter in technology and innovation, information and systems applications.

Prof. Dr. Mariarajan Thiruppathi

Prof. Dr. Mariarajan Thiruppathi is Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation, at Unicaf University, Zambia with an interdisciplinary PhD in community governance and resource management. He is an academician and development professional with more than 20 years of working experience both in Africa and Asia. He is expertise in Participatory Climate vulnerability assessment, Climate governance, Climate activism and low carbon pathways. He published 5 books, 5 book chapters, 7 research articles in referred journals, 9 conference papers and 9 project report and policy papers. He is member of SARUA climate change curriculum development team.

Dr Agnes Babugura

Dr Agnes Babugura is a member of the SARUA climate change curriculum development team. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science (Social Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change) from the University of Witwatersrand, an MSc (Environmental Science) and BA Humanities (Environmental Science and Sociology) from the University of Botswana. She is a highly experienced senior academic and researcher who has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, policy briefs, research reports, and short articles. She has presented research papers at several international conferences and workshops. She served as a senior lecturer, researcher, research coordinator, and head of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University South Africa (now IIE MSA). She has 14 years of teaching experience at university level and 19 years of research experience. She has worked with various government agencies and international development organizations, such as United Nations Development Programme, Heinrich Böll Foundation, United Nations Environmental Programme, International Labour Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Global Development Network on issues of climate change, sustainable development, gender, social and environmental policy.


Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm SAST
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm SAST
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