FRACTAL consortium partners

FRACTAL is made up of a number of partner organisations as listed below.

CSAG Climate System Analysis Group

The Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town is a unique research group within Africa. We have an eclectic mix of specialties, but most importantly we put the needs of developing nation users at the forefront of everything we do. As a result, CSAG seeks to apply our core research to meet the knowledge needs of responding to climate variability and change.

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ACC African Centre for Cities

  The African Centre for Cities (ACC) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching programme focused on   quality scholarship regarding the dynamics of unsustainable urbanization processes in Africa, with an eye on   identifying systemic responses.

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ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability – Africa Secretariat

ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of over 1220 local government members who are committed to sustainable development. Our members come from 70 different countries and represent more than 569,885,000 people.

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CCKE Coordination Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange

The CCKE unit coordinates activities across the different FCFA thematic and geographic research clusters, develops the capacity of key stakeholders, and produces and distributes news, features and reports on FCFA’s work. The main aim of the Coordination Capacity building and Knowledge Exchange (CCKE) Unit is to create enabling environments that will help to ensure that improved scientific understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change leads to improved decision-making when coupled with strengthened user knowledge and skills.

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Met Office Hadley Centre

We provide weather and climate forecasts to help with those decisions so people can be safe, well and prosperous. Everything we do is based on world-leading science and enhanced by the close working relationships we have with partner organisations around the globe. We collect and make sense of massive amounts of data every day, using cutting-edge technology for the benefit of mankind – and our planet.



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SEI Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford

The SEI Oxford group works on issues of adaptive management and governance, particularly related to climatic risks and vulnerabilities, with expertise in water, food security, disaster risk reduction and livelihoods. We also have a growing contribution to the economics of climate vulnerability, impacts and adaptation.


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University of Botswana

The University of Botswana is one of the Tier 2 African universities involved in FRACTAL This university will work with other FRACTAL partners to co-produce climate knowledge, and transfer lessons learned in Tier 1 cities.

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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford will work alongside the core climate scientists and others to contribute to FRACTAL research on the physical effects of climate variability and change, particularly focusing on energy and water.

ACDI African Climate & Development Initiative

The ACDI is a university-wide initiative at the University of Cape Town which supports collaborative research and training in climate change and development, tackling key issues in the Social & Natural worlds. ACDI incorporates Climate Change issues with developmental issues to create a path to Sustainability.


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Aurecon provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for public and private sector clients globally.

Aurecon’s values form the foundation of our commitment to our client relationships; our promise to our people; and the contribution we make to the communities in which we live and work.

  • We foster human achievement through excellence, innovation and collaboration
  • We respect others by celebrating diversity and acting with integrity and honesty
  • We work to build a vibrant and brighter future for all


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Chinhoyi University of Technology

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City of Cape Town, Environmental Policy & Strategy

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CSIR Council for Scientific & Industrial Research

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation, implementing projects throughout Africa and making a difference in people’s lives.

The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and technology services and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are identified where new technologies can be further developed and exploited in the private and public sectors for commercial and social benefit.


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eThekwini, Environmental Planning & Climate Protection Dept

EC- Joint Research Centre European Commission Joint Research Centre

As the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Center’s mission is to provide EU    policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy  cycle. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a  healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and  safety

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START Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research & Training

START promotes research-driven capacity building to advance knowledge on global environmental change in Africa and Asia-Pacific. Our work focuses on climate variability and change, disaster risk reduction, land-use/land-cover change, biodiversity conservation, urban development, human health, water resources management, agriculture and food security, and regional climate modeling and climate services. START’s actions target science, as well as the interface of science, policy and practice, and inform actions toward fostering more resilient and adaptable development.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Berkeley Lab fosters groundbreaking fundamental science that enables transformational solutions for energy and environment challenges, using interdisciplinary teams and by creating advanced new tools for scientific discovery


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NASA National Aeronautics & Space Administration

NASA’s vision: To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and  learn will benefit all humankind.

To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world — and off of it — for more than 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What’s out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?

NASA conducts its work in four principal organizations, called mission directorates:

  • Aeronautics: manages research focused on meeting global demand for air mobility in ways that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable, while also embracing revolutionary technology from outside aviation.
  • Human Exploration and Operations: focuses on International Space Station operations, development of commercial spaceflight capabilities and human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.
  • Science: explores the Earth, solar system and universe beyond; charts the best route of discovery; and reaps the benefits of Earth and space exploration for society.
  • Space Technology: rapidly develops, innovates, demonstrates, and infuses revolutionary, high-payoff technologies that enable NASA’s future missions while providing economic benefit to the nation
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RCRC Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The Climate Centre is a specialist reference centre of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies that helps provide climate information to reduce climate related risks on vulnerable communities

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SMHI Swedish Meteorological & Hydrological Institute

SMHI, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, is an expert agency under the Ministry of the Environment and Energy. Through unique expertise in meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climatology, SMHI contributes towards greater public welfare, increased safety and a sustainable society.

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The Polytechnic, University of Malawi

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University of Eduardo Mondlane

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University of Namibia

University of Zambia