What's missing in the development climate conversation?

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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    In his role as Editorial Director Richard oversees content for digital series, reports and events, leading a talented team of writers and editors, conducting high-level video interviews and moderating panels at events. Previously partnerships editor and an associate editor at Devex, Richard brings to bear 15 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. Based in Barcelona, his development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador, as well as extensive work travel in Africa and Asia.

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