South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, agreed to an ambitious deal in climate finance with leaders from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States at the 26th UN Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in November last year. Ramaphosa and his team had mostly done their homework ahead of the summit in Glasgow. In 2018, the president convened a Presidential Commission on Climate Change as an outcome of a Jobs Summit. The commission actively engaged stakeholders across the country in numerous meetings on aspects of a “just transition” as well as the consultation on South Africa’s Update of its Climate Change Plan from early 2021.  

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Britta Rennkamp is senior researcher at the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Political Science, and a Diplom/MSc in Regional Sciences – Political Sciences, Economics, Latin American History, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature.

Her research focuses on climate policy and technology in developing countries and the links between poverty, inequality, energy and mitigation of climate change. She has published on renewable energy and nuclear programmes, carbon taxation, green industrial and innovation policies in Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining the University of Cape Town, Britta worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Brazil and the German Development Institute (DIE) in Germany.

Anda David is an economist at Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in charge of research programmes on inequality, poverty and international migration. She holds a PhD from DIAL (Université Paris Dauphine and IRD), specialising in development economics, with a focus on migration and labor markets. Her current research focuses on inequality and social cohesion, the impact of emigration on countries of origin, and aid effectiveness.

Between 2004 and 2015, she has collaborated regularly with various international organisations active on these issues such as OECD, ILO and World Bank. Anda David joined AFD's research division in December 2015 and is currently the scientific coordinator of the AFD-EU Research Facility on Inequality. She is also an affiliate researcher of the South African Labour and Development Unit at the University of Cape Town.

Murray Leibbrandt is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town and holds the SARChI Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research. He is the Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit and the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research.

Professor Leibbrant’s research focuses on South African poverty, inequality and labour market dynamics using survey data and, in particular, panel data. He served as the Principal Investigator of South Africa’s national household panel survey, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), from its inception in 2007 to 2017.