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Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience - Africa

Team Europe Initiative



African countries have seen major droughts, floods, storms and cyclones intensify and become more frequent, while the financial and technical capacity of the continent to adapt to climate change and increasing climate and natural hazard continues to be limited. By 2050, negative climate impacts could cost African countries $50 billion annually. 


The Team Europe Initiative (TEI) on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa was launched at COP27 in November 2022 to strengthen adaptive capacity and resilience of Africa’s most vulnerable populations against climate and natural hazard risks. The initiative, which brings together existing and new programmes from the EU and its Member States for a total investment of over €1 billion (including Member States’ commitment to global climate funds), has finalized its design phase and moved into its implementation phase. 

This TEI is part of the EU-Africa Global Gateway Investment Package. Its members are: the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the European Commission. Other EU Member States and development banks have expressed interest to join this initiative. 


The TEI responds to adaptation needs and disaster risks by focusing on a comprehensive four-pillar framework on data, governance and Early Warning Systems (EWS), access to climate adaptation finance and Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) solutions for Africa, with programmes contributing to one or several of these pillars. Through them, the TEI aims to increase the coordination of EU support on the topics covered under these pillars, while aligning with key global initiatives. 

Interventions gathered under this TEI are based on strong partnerships, an analysis of local needs and joint interests, and rely on in-country ownership for long-term sustainability. Designed to continue bringing together more programmes and guiding and incentivizing future ones, as well as pursuing new modalities to support and promote adaptation and resilience in Africa, the TEI will seek avenues and mechanisms for the development of new joint programmes towards an impactful on-the-ground approach.

Pillar 1. Support collection, aggregation and analysis of risk and asset data.

Pillar 2. Strengthen policy, governance, and risk-informed decisions, and reinforce early warning systems.

Pillar 3. Enhance access to climate adaptation finance for all.

Pillar 4. Strengthen inclusive Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) solutions for Africa by enhancing the Global Shield against Climate Risks and related initiatives, to enhance protection against residual risk.

Cross-cutting: TEI steering, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (exchange of best practices and lessons learnt)

Geographic coverage: the African continent, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Team Europe Actors

Geographical area

Sub-Saharan Africa

Thematic priority

Green deal


1. No Poverty
5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
13. Climate Action
17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal