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India and the Global Commons: A Case Study of the International Solar Alliance

March 17, 2022

CSSN Scholar Oluwaseun Oguntuase published a case study through the Observer Research Foundation analyzing India’s participation in global climate politics. In his research, Oguntuase also focuses on the country’s partnership with Africa, which was established by the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA).


This brief reviews the crucial role of India in global climate politics and highlights the country’s partnerships on sustainable energy in Africa through the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA). The brief finds that, beyond contributing to climate change mitigation, India—through ISA, in particular—is helping ensure energy security and sustainable livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa by providing poor communities access to natural, economic, human, and social capital. It calls for complementary initiatives from policymakers in Africa to align efforts towards ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the continent’s more than 1.33 billion people.

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