Special Research Topic
Poverty and Development

Project: De-Carbonizing Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (DeCaDe)

Project Duration

11/2018 - 10/2021 (current)

Commissioned by

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Project Team (RWI)

Prof. Dr. Jörg Peters, Dr. Maximiliane Sievert, Julian Rose


Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)


Greenhouse gas emissions in Sub-Saharan African countries are comparatively low today but have been growing rapidly. The projected continued economic and population growth as well as a shift towards more carbon-intensive fuels might accelerate this trend. This project aims to identify low-carbon transformation pathways for Sub-Saharan Africa in three dimensions: (i) take stock of the challenges to climate-compatible socio-economic development; (ii) analyze appropriate climate policies to control future emission growth; (iii) investigate the political economy of the policies in country-specific contexts.