Does Brexit mean Less Money to Fight Climate Change in Africa?

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The Highway linking Kenya's two biggest cities - Nairobi and Mombasa The Highway linking Kenya's two biggest cities - Nairobi and Mombasa Photo by Bwak

When Britons delivered a verdict that their country should stomp out of the European Union, the UK’s market sneezed and the world caught a cold. Sort of. Although this cold hasn’t quite reached African countries, analysts say that this may happen. If it does, then Africa’s fight against climate change may be one of the casualties.

Jean Devlin, the Director of Africa Analysis, at Control Risks explains, “Ultimately, the impact of Brexit for the continent will be defined by the global agenda in the coming months. As political risk has increased in the traditionally safe havens of Europe and with the election in the US later this year, there is less scope for international cooperation to address issues of particular relevance to African countries such as peace and security issues, development, impacts of climate change.”

Britain may indeed be too busy worrying about its new identity to focus much attention on Africa’s climate change adaptation struggles.

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