Africa is the most exposed region to the adverse effects of climate change despite contributing the least to global warming. The brunt of this human instigated disaster is hitting the African continent, and urgent and decisive action needs to be taken to avert catastrophe. Assessments by African Development Bank (AfDB) reveal that African countries are losing up to 5% of their GDP to climate change on an annual basis, while projections by the African Climate Policy Centre have shown that exposed regions such as the Sahel may lose up to 15% of GDP by 2030.  

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Raphael Obonyo is a public policy analyst. He’s served as a consultant with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). An alumnus of Duke University, he has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Conversations about the Youth in Kenya (2015). He is a TEDx fellow and has won various awards.