A cooperative of developing-world universities aim will share curricula on climate change, reducing the need for consultants from wealthy countries

Lina Yassin, a student at the University of Khartoum, who wrote in Climate Home in March that she needed to go to the US to learn the skills to help her country fight climate change (Photo: Lina Yassin)

Universities from the world’s least developed countries have launched a cooperative programme aimed at ending their dependence on climate experts and expensive consultants from rich countries.

Under the Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium for Climate Change (LUCCC) each university will develop a curriculum on a designated theme, which will then be shared throughout the network.

For example, the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania will develop a course on climate finance. That will then be adopted across the ten participating countries.

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the 48 countries with the lowest human development index in the world and are greatly impacted by climate-related disasters such as typhoons, floods and droughts.

Out of the 48, universities from 10 countries are participating so far: Nepal, Tanzania, Sudan, Bhutan, Mozambique, Uganda, Bangladesh, Gambia, Ethiopia and Senegal.

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