Journal article

'This was Different': Transferring Climate Mitigation Knowledge Practices South to South with the MAPS Programme

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Publication Details

Author list: Kane L, Boulle M

Publisher: Taylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles

Publication year: 2018

Journal: Climate Policy

Volume number: 18

Issue number: 9

Start page: 1177

End page: 1188

Total number of pages: 12

ISSN: 1469-3062

eISSN: 1752-7457


This article is a case study of the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios programme (MAPS) which worked in climate change mitigation and development policy-making spaces in Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru and South Africa from 2010-2015. The MAPS programme was focused on achieving change in the commitment of southern decision makers to mitigate against climate change through government-mandated stakeholder processes which generated evidence making a case for a low carbon transition. The article draws on reflective materials generated in the last year of the project. The value of MAPS was found in the well-tested data and evidence-driven scenario bulding; locally specific and country-driven processes; a culture of knowlege sharing through facilitated communities of practice; the role of professional facilitation in process design and in conducting stakeholder processes; shared experiences of working in the south, and particularly with cultural differences and conflict, and new ways of working south-south with each other, and with donors. These MAPS programme experiences stood in contrast to previous north-south knowledge sharing involvements. Theorectically, the article asks whether MAPS represents southern theory-making (after Connell, 2007). It concludes that through the action-oriented, facilitated co-production way of working on climate change in the south, MAPS represents an understanding of southern theory that challenges the orthodoxy of global knowledge production. MAPS emphasizes the need for theorizing in, and of, the south, and connecting policy and practices.


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