The University Network

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The University Network for Strengthening Macrofinancial Resilience to Climate and Environmental Change (‘the Network’) was established to promote multi-disciplinary academic teaching and research in areas important for strengthening macrofinancial resilience to climate change. 

The Network consists of global universities that seek to build capacities to carry out relevant high-quality teaching and research, and acts as a strategic and knowledge partner of major international organisations working in this field.

The Network aims to develop curricula and course materials to enable universities in climate-vulnerable countries to offer high-quality graduate-level teaching and professional training. In turn, this will enable future and current leaders to effectively address climate-related macro-financial risks and vulnerabilities that threaten public finances, financial and macroeconomic stability, and economic development.

It will empower them to better address climate risks and vulnerabilities and integrate them into decision-making and planning. Through such capacity-building, the Network contributes to systemic change in public financial management, public policy for climate finance, central banking and financial markets in climate-vulnerable countries.

The Network will also help mobilise financial resources to support member universities in developing their administrative and academic capabilities to deliver high-quality, graduate-level, teaching and professional training. To strengthen research-based teaching and foster research collaboration between academics across member universities, the Network will also seek financial resources for small grants that would help support collaborative research and facilitate international research visits.

The following institutions are members of the Network:

  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana
  • Independent University, Bangladesh / International Centre for Climate Change and Development
  • Madras School of Economics
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Public and Third Sector Academy for Sustainable Finance, University of Oxford, UK
  • SOAS, University of London, UK
  • Udayana University, Indonesia
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • University of Ghana, Ghana
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • The University of the West Indies, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands
  • University of Zambia, Zambia

The network is open to further members from across climate vulnerable countries that share the goals and ambitions of the network.

The Network is managed by a Secretariat hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS, University of London. The Secretariat leads on the development of the Network, coordinates with relevant stakeholders, commissions the development of teaching material, and organises exchange and capacity building activities. A steering committee comprising senior academics from member universities and relevant stakeholders provides guidance and advice.

The University Network is a key part of the Resilience Adaptation Mainstreaming Program (RAMP). The objective of RAMP is to accelerate climate adaptation in developing countries by building capacity in ministries of finance, planning and economics to understand, plan for, and finance climate adaptation actions.

RAMP is supported by a secretariat hosted by the World Resources Institute, working in close partnership with the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, UNDP, regional development banks, and other stakeholders. 

Member Universities