Apply for the Climate Diplomacy Academy 2024 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change

Background and Context

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German Political Foundation dedicated to promoting democracy, rule of law, social and market-economic structures, and human rights globally, is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Climate Diplomacy Academy 2024. KAS operates over 200 projects in approximately 100 countries, with a significant presence in Sub-Saharan Africa through its Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change, established in 2016 and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Regional Programme aims to enhance the political and social framework for climate-friendly sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. By fostering stronger regional and international cooperation on energy, security, and climate action, the program seeks to address the pressing challenges posed by global warming, resource use, and climate-related risks.

Climate Diplomacy Academy: 2024

In collaboration with Strathmore University, the 4th Climate Diplomacy Academy (CDA2024) will be conducted from April to June 2024. This academy comprises a series of online tutorials designed to:

a. Strengthen participants’ understanding of climate change and its impacts. b. Enhance awareness of climate diplomacy as a vital mechanism for driving responsive climate action at local, regional, and global levels. c. Promote understanding of the challenges faced by diplomats and negotiators in their efforts to advance the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

A three-day physical conference is scheduled at the end of June 2024 at Strathmore University, Nairobi. KAS will cover all related costs for selected participants attending this conference.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible candidates must:

i. Be under 35 years of age. ii. Be at least 3rd-year undergraduate students in International Studies, Environmental Science, Political Science, Development Studies, or related fields. iii. Have a proficient command of spoken and written English. iv. Demonstrate an interest in current international discussions and negotiations on climate change. v. Commit to working on assignments for approximately 5 hours per week between April and June 2024. vi. Be available to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, during the week of 17th June 2024.

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How to Apply

Interested students and young professionals should submit the following documents in one PDF to [email protected] :

  • Curriculum vitae (not more than two pages).
  • Letter of motivation.
  • A short essay (1-2 pages) on the topic: “How can international cooperation strengthen the fight against climate change and its impacts in Africa?”


Application Deadline: 26th January 2024. Only applications received by this deadline will be reviewed.

For more information, visit Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s website.

Contact Information: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V.
Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
P.O. Box 66471-00800 Nairobi, Kenya
Website: www.kas.de

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