Development Impact Assessment (DIA) Case Study: South Africa
This case study reviews South Africa’s experience in considering the impacts of climate change action on development goals, focusing on the South African energy sector and development impact assessments (DIAs) that have and could be used to influence energy policy or inform the selection of energy activities. It includes a review of assessments—conducted by government ministries, technical partners, and academic institutes and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)—that consider employment, health, and water implications of possible energy sector actions, as well as multi-criteria impact assessments. The study is intended to offer an example of one country’s experience, and it summarizes:
- Possible impacts of low emission actions upon development priorities
- Approaches and methodologies used to conduct impact assessments
- Motivation for examining impacts and outcomes of the assessments.
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