What's missing in the development climate conversation?

By Richard Jones 17 December 2015

Devex spoke with Rupa Mukerji, co-head of advisory services at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, to hear how she thinks the global conversation around climate change and development still needs to evolve.

In the immediate wake of a historic climate change agreement in Paris, the resounding sentiment is that everything has changed.

But for development organizations, that is not necessarily the case, according to Rupa Mukerji, co-head of advisory services at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. “It’s not something new. It’s doing development in a sustainable manner, with a more long-term vision,” Mukerji told Devex associate editor Richard Jones in this video interview.

As climate change action — and funding — gains momentum, the challenges of innovation are largely institutional challenges, Mukerji said — to break down silos and create pathways for science to better inform programs. Not least of all, organizations must look harder at the links between climate change mitigation and adaptation, a bridge that has only recently begun to be built.

What else is missing from the global conversation at the intersection of development and climate change? Watch the video above for more insights, and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Richard oversees editorial content for campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. Previously an associate editor, he covered the full spectrum of development aid in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, supervising a team of correspondents and writers, penning articles and conducting high-level video interviews at events across the EMEA region. Currently based in Barcelona, Richard brings to bear 12 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. His development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador.

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