The Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit (ACRIS) 
A flagship event of the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (AFRI-RES)



"Embedding and financing climate resilience towards Africa's green recovery"
 
Overview
 
To sustain Africa's growth and accelerate the eradication of extreme poverty, investment in infrastructure is fundamental. To fill Africa's infrastructure gap, some USD 130 – 170 billion per year will need to be invested for the next decade. Much of this investment will support the construction of long-lived infrastructure (e.g. dams, power stations, irrigation canals, transport corridors, etc.), which may be vulnerable to changes in climatic patterns. Water needed for power generation or irrigation may not be available in the amount needed or at the right time, and roads may get washed away more frequently due to more frequent high rainfall events. 
 
Through its Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economic and Sustainable Environment + the Department for Infrastructure and Energy, the African Union Commission and The World Bank have been jointly organising the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Summit (ACRIS) for the past six years. More recently, under the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (AFRI-RES) – a joint initiative of the AUC, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (through its African Climate Policy Centre - ACPC), the World Bank and the African Development Bank, and presently funded by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). This year, the fifth edition of ACRIS will take place virtually on June 16 – 17, 2021, under the theme "Embedding and financing climate resilience towards Africa's green recovery".
 
The objective of ACRIS V is to
(i) bring together the public and private sector to identify opportunities for leveraging limited public resources to mobilise the enormous investments needed to develop Africa's infrastructure urgently. 
(ii) identify opportunities for supporting African countries by integrating climate resilience in investments in critical sectors such as agriculture, energy, water, transport, ecosystems, and cities as an effective strategy for responding to the twin crises of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
ACRIS V will support African countries in putting green infrastructure investments in the heart of building forward for an African green recovery and attaining the Paris Agreement's goals, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the African Union's Agenda 2063. It will also provide a platform for introducing global technology and service providers who can support this agenda. 
 
Agenda
There are six high-level panel sessions:-
  • Investing in cross-border energy infrastructure for enhanced resilience
  • From vulnerability to resilience: opportunities for coastal and island states 
  • Building resilience through natural capital – nature-based solutions
  • Climate-smart agriculture 
  • Innovative financing for resilience in the era of COVID-19 and beyond in Africa
  • The Africa Climate Resilience Investment Facility – successes, opportunities and partnerships for building resilience in Africa.
Format
The two-day virtual conference uses GRV Global's world-class online platform 'PNYX' which is intuitive, engaging, and easy to navigate. Holding ACRIS virtually means no travel time away from the office; you get to meet key decision-makers and industry experts from the safety of your own home or office.

 
The event will attract 400+ senior attendees from regional governments, international and regional NGOs and agencies, utilities, CBOs, investors and donors, research institutes, and private sector solution providers. 

Please direct all enquiries to +44 (0)20 3640 8222 or info@grvglobal.com
 
We look forward to welcoming you online this June; creating open dialogue between the region’s leading stakeholders and furthering the continent’s development of climate resilience.