1st Edition

Climate Action in Southern Africa Implications for Climate Justice and Just Transition

Edited By Philani Moyo Copyright 2024
    252 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using climate justice as an analytical tool, this volume examines the role of local mitigation and adaptation actions in Southern Africa in furthering climate-resilient development.

    Climate Action in Southern Africa examines the intrinsic connection between local climate actions, climate-resilient development and strides towards a just transition. The theoretical grounding in climate justice allows the authors to analyse whether current climate actions in Africa are truly effective for the poor and marginalised whose lives and livelihoods are impacted by a climate crisis largely not of their making. The authors also question the extent to which pathways to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 are achievable in Africa and ask whether this can be attained without undermining livelihoods and human development. Overall, this book argues that for any transition to be a just transition, it has to be aligned with the pursuit of sustainable development and climate justice for current and future generations on the African continent.

    Drawing out key factors including politics, gender and migration, this volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, climate justice and African development.



    Table of Contents


    Part I: Overview 

    1. The Climate Crisis and Climate Injustice in Southern Africa

    Philani Moyo


    2. Climate Action Policies, Strategies and Programming in Southern Africa: Missed Opportunities for Climate Justice

    Philani Moyo, Thabo Ndlovu, Thokozani P Moyo, Treda Mukuhlani, Elinah Nciizah, Tendai Nciizah, Adornis D Nciizah, Thapelo Ramalefane, Stanley Ehiane, France Maphosa, Grascious Maviza and Sipho F Mamba.



    PART II Political Economy of Adaptation, Resilience, Injustice and Just Transition

    3. Drought Adaptation Practices and Rangeland Management in Rural Umzingwane, Zimbabwe: Implications for Climate Justice.

    Thabo Ndlovu and Philani Moyo


    4. ‘Making Little Go Far in the Context of Climate Change’: Managing Water Demand in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Treda Mukuhlani


    5. Climate Finance, Public-Private Partnerships and Climate Injustice in Lesotho

    Thapelo Ramalefane and Philani Moyo


    6. Just Transition and Sustainability: Implications for Poverty, Inequality and Jobs in Eswatini

    Sipho Felix Mamba and Thabo Ndlovu


    7. Climate Actions and Just Transition in Zimbabwe: A Review

    Tendai Nciizah, Elinah Nciizah and Adornis D. Nciizah


    8. Climate Governance, Inaction and Injustice in Buffalo City, South Africa

    Philani Moyo

    9. Precarious Adaptation to Climate Impacts: Farmer Agency, Choices and Constraints in the Eastern   Cape, South Africa

    Philani Moyo


    10. Just Adaptation and Climate Justice: Possibilities for Youth Development in Rural South Africa

    Tanaka Mugabe


    11. Climate Change and Justice in Botswana’s National Adaptation Strategy and Programming: The Journey so Far.

    Stanley Ehiane and Christopher Dick-Sagoe


    Part III Climate Mobility

    12. The Climate Change-Migration Nexus: Climate Mobility and Climate Justice in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe

    France Maphosa


    13. Climate Change and Gendered Migration Patterns in Southern Africa: A Review

    Divane Nzima and Gracsious Maviza









    Philani Moyo is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. His primary research interests are in climate justice, adaptation and resilience building, climate-resilient food systems, food justice, food sovereignty and agrarian studies. Some of his recent publications are ‘The Political Economy of Zimbabwe’s Food Crisis, 2019-2020’, Journal of Asian and African Studies (2022), DOI: 10.1177/00219096221120923 and ‘Contested Compensation: The Politics, Economics and Legal Nuances of Compensating White Former Commercial Farmers in Zimbabwe’, Review of African Political Economy (2021), DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2021.1990033. His most recent book (co-edited with Akpan, W.) is Revisiting Environmental and Natural Resource Questions in Sub-Saharan Africa.