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  • House under construction. In Harare, construction and infrastructure works were carried out by the community, while city authorities and Dialogue on Shelter provided technical support and some machinery. (Photo: Slum Dwellers International, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Delivering climate finance at the local level: the Gungano Urban Poor Fund

    The Gungano Fund provides loans to low income urban households that cannot access other financial services. The fund aims to develop a scalable and replicable housing finance model and partner with central and local government to upgrade informal settlements

    22 November 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • O Fundo Luzia Dorothy do Espírito Santo ajuda mulheres a aumentar sua independência econômica (Foto: Fundo Dema)The Luzia Dorothy do Espirto Santo Fund helps women increase their economic independence (Photo: Dema Fund)

    Delivering climate finance at the local level: the Dema Fund

    This case study looks at how the Dema Fund supports community action to protect the Brazilian Amazon. The fund reaches geographically remote communities that are largely excluded from social programmes and government services, including indigenous peoples, Afro-Brazilian communities, subsistence farmers and women

    7 November 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • Women gather together to break up the Babacu palm nuts they have collected (Photo: JcPietro, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

    Delivering climate finance at the local level: the Babacu Fund

    This case study looks at how the Babacu Fund is delivering climate finance to landless palm nut collectors in the Brazilian Amazon. The fund is supporting remote communities that conventional development interventions are failing to reach, and is giving these communities the opportunity to prioritise investments that will make the greatest difference to them

    1 November 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board met in Songdo, South Korea – a new high tech city built on reclaimed tidal mudflats (Photo: pegl, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The Green Climate Fund is facing an opportunity – not a crisis

    Neha Rai, senior climate researcher at IIED, says the Green Climate Fund needs to reform its decision-making processes – and there is no more time to waste

    12 July 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • This 500W solar system in a rural village in Uganda powers a home, a public broadcasting system, a barbershop and a video hall (Photo: SolarNow via USAID, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    What is 'aggregation' and how can it get climate finance working for the most vulnerable?

    Climate finance is not being invested at the volume and scale needed to enable vulnerable communities across the world to respond effectively to the impacts of climate change. Sam Greene discusses some of the innovations that are 'aggregating' finance, recipients or information together to help money to flow to where it matters

    19 June 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • On 1 June 2017 US President Donald Trump announced that the US would cease all participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    One year on – Trump quitting Paris Agreement rallied action but we still need the US

    A year after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the landmark climate accord, IIED director Andrew Norton says the world still needs the US to effectively tackle climate change.

    1 June 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • This illustration shows Earth encircled by digital networks. New digital data storage and sharing platforms are revolutionising financial operations (Image: Chani Goering, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Can blockchain unblock climate finance?

    Funders’ perceptions that there is too much risk in investing at the local level prevents climate finance from making a real difference. Sam Greene discusses whether new technologies can benefit local communities while delivering the confidence donors and investors need to put their money where it matters

    21 May 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Policymakers in Kenya meet with researchers and smallholder farmers to learn about locally appropriate solutions to climate change (Photo: Timothy Mwaura, CIGAR)

    Devolved climate finance approach forges new ways of working between citizens and state

    Devolved climate finance programmes incorporate local knowledge and community priorities into decisions about how climate finance is planned and budgeted. At CBA12, practitioners will discuss the different components of these programmes, exploring the environment when they are most effective and why, and sharing experiences from several contexts

    9 May 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Community mapping in Mtandire informal settlement, Malawi. Federations of the urban poor can help residents to identify and communicate their development priorities (Photo: SDI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Breaking barriers to local climate finance for the triple win

    Ingenious and cost-effective solutions to climate change developed by vulnerable communities are hugely underfinanced. IIED is exploring further what’s blocking climate finance from reaching the local level and developing new insights for getting money to those on the front lines of climate action

    2 May 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Arunachal Pradesh, north-east India: many villages traditionally administered local forests for sustainable benefits. (Photo: goldentakin, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Breaking down barriers to tenure-positive climate finance

    IIED is exploring solutions to remove barriers that stop climate finance reaching the people most vulnerable to climate change. The focus is on the value, blocks and solutions to community funds supporting climate action to clarify community rights to resources. The project will strengthen collaboration with these funds and between donors, financial intermediaries, fund aggregators and high- and low-tech innovators

    27 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • Water is conserved at a devolved climate finance project site in Zanzibar

    Responding to climate change in Tanzania by strengthening dryland governance and planning

    District governments in Tanzania are improving their capacity for effective adaptive planning by strengthening planning processes and establishing local adaptation funds. With support from a consortium of government and non-government stakeholders, they are testing a devolved climate finance mechanism for building resilience, which could inform policy and action in other drylands

    16 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • A young Maasai herder sees a future in pastoralism (Photo: gritty.org)

    Responding to climate change in Kenya by strengthening dryland governance and planning

    The Kenya Adaptation Consortium is demonstrating that local climate adaptation planning, supported by county government-managed devolved funds, informed by community priorities and enhanced by climate information services, renders significant benefits for people in poor and marginalised households in the most drought prone areas

    6 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • More than 80 representatives of slum-dwellers federations attended the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Photo: United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: the World Urban Forum brought together governments and grassroots – what next?

    This global urban conference was more inclusive than ever – but IIED researchers say talk needs to be followed up by action to unlock positive transformation for people living in informal settlements.

    14 February 2018 | Article | Urban
  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres (front right) surveys hurricane damage in Barbuda with Gaston Browne (centre), Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (Photo: UN Photo)

    Don't let President Trump distract from urgent action needed at climate talks

    IIED director Andrew Norton calls for action at the UN climate talks in Bonn

    6 November 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Fisheries account for 12 per cent of The Gambia's GDP. The country's Atlantic coastline and the mangroves along the River Gambia estuary are vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Javier D. Creative Commons via Flickr)

    GCF funding boosts ecosystem-based adaptation in The Gambia

    Finance from the Green Climate Fund is helping The Gambia build resilient communities and sustainable livelihoods – and adapt to climate change

    22 June 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • A woman displays a tray of bean seeds. Researchers have introduced 15 new varieties of beans in north-western Uganda to help farmers cope with extreme conditions. Delegates to CBA11 will consider how to deliver effective local climate action (Photo: Georgina Smith/CIAT, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Building our shared learning on climate action in Kampala

    At the upcoming community-based adaptation conference in Kampala, our vibrant and growing community of practice will reflect on today's geopolitics around climate and development, and consider how we can be more influential in driving action on adaptation and resilience in the post-Paris world

    20 June 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • 2017: pastoralists in Isiolo county in Kenya are digging for water in dried-up river beds. Agricultural insurance schemes can help pastoralists and farmers be more resilient to climate shocks (Photo: Denis Onyodi/KRCS)

    Insuring against climate risk in Kenya

    Vincent Mutie Nzau from the National Treasury of Kenya highlights how innovative approaches to disaster risk finance can help communities manage climate uncertainty

    6 June 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Local community-based funds can help farmers in climate-sensitive areas to diversify. Mercyline Atieno got a loan for her poultry business in Kenya (Photo: T.Muchaba/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Now is the time to ensure GCF finance reaches the local level

    Increasing climate finance to the local level is the best way to improve efforts to tackle climate change. IIED calls on the board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), meeting this week in South Korea, to make sure vital finance reaches those who need it most

    3 April 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Diagram showing the traditional channels for delivering aid (Image: IIED)

    Money where it matters: local finance to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement

    IIED is researching the benefits and challenges of devolving development and climate finance to the local level,  and is helping to build local-level capacity to access and manage resources

    25 January 2017 | Article | Climate change
  • Financiers, decision makers, practitioners and researchers from across the globe gathered to share lessons and their experience in channelling finance to local levels (Image: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Money where it matters: how to deliver finance to the local level

    At an IIED-hosted event, financiers, decision makers, practitioners and researchers tackled three key questions on how to get climate finance to where it's needed most

    15 December 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Boji Drug Store: financed by the European Union through the Community Development Trust Fund (Photo: John Nyangena)

    Funding local adaptation in Kenya: nationally vs. locally managed funds

    How do nationally and locally managed climate funds compare in creating impact on the ground? Guest blogger John Nyangena weighs up the pros and cons of each approach

    4 December 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • The construction of the CCCF Mega Dam in Makueni County, Kenya is an example of local action during a devolved climate finance pilot project (Photo: Japheth Mutuku)

    Decentralised model gets climate finance moving

    A side event at COP22 heard how governments in Kenya, Tanzania, Mali and Senegal are using decentralised structures to get climate finance into the hands of local government and out to climate vulnerable communities who need it most

    2 December 2016 | News | Climate change
  • Screenshot from animation explaining how decentralised climate funds operate (Image: Near East Foundation)

    How devolved climate finance can deliver climate resilience at local level

    IIED and partners are highlighting the potential of devolved climate finance to deliver climate funding that is equitable and responsive to the needs of local people.  The organisations say that local climate adaptation planning offers significant benefits, particularly for people in poor and marginalised areas, and have released an animation that explains how decentralised climate funds operate, and the benefits they offer, that will be screened at a side event on devolved climate finance at COP22

    14 November 2016 | News | Climate change
  • The Forest Investment Program, an example of an investment fund with simplified funding frameworks, has invested $10 million in a $24 million project with the African Development Bank to restore Ghana's rapidly degrading forests (Photo: Greg Neate, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Six steps to local climate finance

    Evidence from community-focused initiatives suggests that climate and development funds can deliver local finance by adopting six key structural changes

    6 November 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • A water tap in Rwanda. Measuring sustainability of investments in water and sanitation makes more sense than focusing on annual freshwater withdrawal and access to improved water and sanitation (Photo: A'Melody Lee/World Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Making World Bank aid sustainable

    Clare Shakya sets out seven ways the World Bank can make its development aid sustainable and inclusive.

    10 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • A farmer in Tattaguine, Senegal benefits from an irrigation project. IIED is advocating for the Green Climate Fund to speed up the process of getting finance to local levels, those who need it most (Photo: Ryan Kendrick Smith, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Q&A: a message to the Green Climate Fund board

    As the Green Climate Fund (GCF) board meets this week to review proposals for the next round of funding, Paul Steele discusses how far the fund is reaching its vision to transform the economies of developing countries for a climate resilient, low carbon future – and how the board can speed up the process of getting finance to those who need it most

    10 October 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • Learning route participants interact with local communities in Isiolo, Kenya (Photo: Timothy Mwaura/CGIAR)

    Seven ways to build resilient local economies in fragile contexts

    Approaches developed in Mali, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania offer insights for building resilience in areas facing risks of climate change, disasters and conflict

    24 August 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Chart showing decentralised energy access – finance needed and contribution of climate finance (Image: Sarah Best/IIED)

    The Green Climate Fund: will the vulnerable be overlooked in a rush to spend?

    As the Green Climate Fund's board meets to decide on a second round of spending it needs to prioritise initiatives that will reach the climate vulnerable, rather than large-scale business as usual investments

    24 June 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Officials on a climate finance course meet farmers in Bangladesh to learn about the benefits of solar irrigation pumps (Photo: ICCCAD, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance for those who need it most

    IIED's work on climate finance aims to generate evidence that can inform the design of funding mechanisms and ensure that funds can effectively reach the poor and vulnerable

    13 May 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • On a field trip to Dhamrai, course participants learned about the typical costs for installing and operating solar irrigation pumps to provide off-grid irrigation. (Photo: ICCCAD, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Enabling developing countries to effectively manage climate finance

    Officials from six developing countries have completed a five-day training course in Dhaka on managing climate finance. The course is the first in a series of learning events designed to strengthen government capacities to access, manage and deliver national and international climate finance more effectively.

    13 May 2016 | News | Climate change
  • An image showing a group of women from Tongaradha village, Bangladesh, who saved more than 2,000 hectares of land and 500 households from flooding by rebuilding a 12km embankment and a 5km road. GCF money should be used for such innovative, community-driven projects in poor countries that will drive long-term change (Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Expediting direct access to the GCF for least developed countries

    The 10th community-based adaptation conference culminated in Dhaka last week with a strong message to engage communities in climate change action. This implies a greater role for local governments and communities in determining how climate-related decisions are made

    9 May 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Makueni County: farmers in Kenya learn about crops for climate adaptation planning. Makueni was the first county to enact the new climate finance legislation (Photo: S.Kilungu/CCFAS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Accessing climate finance in Kenya

    Devolved powers are allowing communities greater access to climate finance in four counties in Kenya

    18 April 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  •  An Ethiopian government delegation learns about energy innovations in a climate smart village in Kenya. Ethiopia's government hopes to combine climate resilience with economic growth (Photo: CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    What's happening to aid to the Least Developed Countries?

    New figures show an overall decline in aid to the world's Least Developed Countries, yet commitments made in Paris and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda call for more aid, not less

    18 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Angola aims to achieve its mitigation goals through the promotion of renewable energy, stabilisation of agricultural emissions, carbon sequestration from the forestry sector and other activities (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance is vital to secure a future worth having

    A key issue dominating the landmark climate summit in Paris is that tricky subject of climate finance: who pays, how much, for what? Some elements of the global discourse on the sums required to tackle the urgent climate change threat seem to think there is a simple distinction to be drawn between choosing to spend money on climate or other development issues. But this simplistic rhetoric is damaging and puts lives at risk

    9 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The event was held in the Africa pavilion at the Paris climate summit (Photo: IIED)

    COP21 side event discusses how to unlock climate finance for developing countries

    COP21 side event discusses how to unlock climate finance for developing countries

    2 December 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The entrance to Le Bourget, the venue for the UN climate talks (COP21) (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    LDC climate action plans estimated to cost US$93.7 billion per year

    A report by IIED has estimated the cost of all 48 Least Developed Countries implementing their post-2020 climate action plans to be around US$93 billion per year

    30 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Divisional Adaptation Planning Committees (DAPCs) act as community focal points (Photo: Sam Greene/IIED)

    Local climate finance mechanism helping to fund community-prioritised adaptation

    County and local governments in the drylands of Kenya, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania are establishing local-level climate adaptation funds with technical support from IIED and government and non-government organisations. These funds improve their readiness to access and disburse national and global climate finance, supporting community-prioritised investments to build climate resilience

    26 November 2015 | Project | Climate change
  • More than 90 per cent of Malawians rely on rain-fed subsistence farming to survive. Increasingly variable weather patterns are reducing crop yields and eroding food security (Photo: ILRI/Mann, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: We must ensure Paris delivers on finance

    Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan-based journalist and a member of IIED's Independent Expert Group spoke to Malawian negotiator Evans Njewa ahead of the Paris climate talks

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • A father and son record measurements from a rain gauge on their farm in Western Uganda. Changes in rainfall patterns could significantly impact rural populations (Photo: J. Recha/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: We need long term actions on climate change

    In the first of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris (COP21), Tracy Kajumba shares some of the challenges created by climate change in Uganda

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • People use the pavement on Boulevard Richard Lenoir, close to the Bataclan concert venue which was the focus of the Paris attacks on 13 November, 2015, to share messages of support, and hope (Photo: Gael_Lombart, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    French lead drive for global climate agreement

    There is much debate as to whether the Paris climate summit can deliver an adequate response to the challenge of climate change. In the wake of the tragedy of last Friday's attacks in the French capital, Andrew Norton pays tribute to France's efforts to secure an ambitious agreement and hopes for success

    17 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • These houses on stilts in Mawa in Bangladesh are specially designed to be portable, so that they can be moved quickly in the event of a strorm. (Photo: BBC World Service Bangladesh, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Registrations open for climate finance course in Dhaka

    Five-day course aims to enable government officials from developing countries to manage climate finance more effectively

    6 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • This sewage treatment plant in Delawas, Jaipur, was funded by the Asian Development Bank. There are concerns omitting local people from decision-making processes can lead to climate funds not sufficiently representing local priorities (Photo: Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Getting Green Climate Funding to the local level

    As the Green Climate Fund meets to select projects for funding, is the current funding criteria prioritising a business as usual approach?

    28 October 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Mozambique: bringing the cattle in from the fields. Mozambique is vulnerable to climate change because of its geography, but also has a poorly developed economy, frail infrastructure, and high levels of poverty (Photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance from the aid budget must also deliver on poverty

    The UK has promised to increase funding for climate finance up to 2020, but if this money comes from the aid budget, how can we be sure that climate spending will also deliver on poverty eradication and the sustainable development agenda?

    30 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Kenya: Farmers visit a crop trial site to select the best sorghum varieties for climate resilience. Most climate change adaptation is done day-to-day by farmers, pastoralists, fishers and the urban poor.  (Photo: S. Kilungo, CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The SDGs must carry us beyond Paris to 2030

    The Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed in New York later this month, are a key step on the road to a climate agreement in Paris in December, but must set the agenda for resilient low carbon development beyond Paris to 2030

    10 September 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Tea pickers in Kenya's Mount Kenya region; smallholder folders in Least Developed Countries would be adversely affected by climate change (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Supporting the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    As climate negotiators meet in Bonn, Batu Uprety says the mandate of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group must be renewed at COP21 to continue to support the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    1 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A farmer in southern Mozambique carries greens back to his family from a project that has been backed by the Climate Investment Fund, which is working with the African Development Bank on a pilot program for climate resilience (Photo: CIF Action, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Climate finance for sustainable development: regional forum

    IIED is co-hosting a regional forum with UNDP in Jakarta, Indonesia, to share learning and experience on making sure climate finance works for sustainable development

    28 August 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of Bangladesh won the Earth Care Award 2012 for spearheading the  Least Developed Countries Fund project 'Community-based adaptation to climate change through coastal afforestation in Bangladesh' (Photo: UNDP Adaptation Learning Mechanism)

    Making the climate fund fit for purpose

    With the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) running on empty, and as the final stages of the negotiations leading up to the Paris climate conference (COP21) approach, climate negotiator Giza Gaspar Martins argues that the fund's future must be secured to support the world's 48 poorest countries

    27 August 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • In a video interview, IIED chief economist Paul Steele argues that the universal nature of the goals show that 'development' extends beyond aid (Image: IIED)

    A step change in our approach to development

    IIED's chief economist Paul Steele says the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognise the crucial challenge of achieving zero poverty and zero net emissions

    27 August 2015 | News | Economics
  • A satellite phone provided by Télécoms Sans Frontières, with European Commission funding, enables a man from Tanna island to finally talk to loved ones ten days after communications were cut off by Cyclone Pam in March 2015 (Photo: TSF, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Finance, Addis and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, some of the world's Least Developed Countries have been sharing their priorities

    7 July 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Three girls wash their clothes in the Akaki river, near Addis Ababa. Climate change is affecting the quality of water in Ethiopia and much of the wastewater released by the industries and houses in Addis Ababa reaches the Awash River untreated, putting public health at risk (Photo: Beatrice Mosello/ODI, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Will new development banks help or hinder on climate change?

    New development banks have the potential to both help and hinder efforts to tackle climate change. With development finance under scrutiny at the Addis Financing for Development conference, now is the time to ensure that they take climate change into account

    6 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Should public money from Europe used to build wind farms, such as this one in Mulan, around 170km north east of Harbin City in Heilongiang, China, constitute official development assistance? (Photo: Land Rover Our Planet, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Development finance and climate finance: achieving zero poverty and zero emissions

    Ahead of the Financing for Development conference in Addis, Paul Steele asks whether changes are needed to the way we address climate and development finance

    1 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • "This workshop aimed to generate a shared learning on how climate financing for low-carbon climate resilient development can better reach the people who need it most" said Neha Rai about the event to discuss accessing climate funds for low-carbon resilience development projects (Photo: Neha Rai/IIED)

    Reaching those that need it most: learnings for climate finance programmes

    Representatives from Nepal, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Ethiopia, including government stakeholders' researchers, civil society groups and multilateral bodies, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF), this week discussed how climate finance can better reach the people who need it most – the poorest in society

    2 April 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Sheep grazing dry season pastures in Mopti, Mali (Photo: Near East Foundation)

    Decentralising Climate Funds in Mali and Senegal

    IIED is part of a community of practice in Mali and Senegal supporting local government to access and disburse climate finance, investing in priorities chosen with communities for adapting to climate change. Including local knowledge and experience in government planning is vital to the success of the investments.

    19 March 2015 | Project | Climate change
  • Solar-powered irrigated water pumps such as this one in Bangladesh can help villagers cope with unreliable rainfall patterns (Photo: Neha Rai/IIED)

    Climate finance must reach poor families

    The main impacts of climate change are being felt by poor families, which means that poor women and men must be at the centre of the climate change finance debate

    16 February 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • IIED director Camilla Toulmin enjoys the 12th D&C Days event at COP20 in Lima, Peru (Photo; Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)

    Zero-zero, dolphins and conversations for change

    IIED director Camilla Toulmin reflects on her trip to Lima for the COP20 Development and Climate Days

    11 December 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A view from Australia as the moon blocks out the sun in 2002. Now, Australia's decision to pledge $166 million USD to the Green Climate Fund means light is again on the horizon (Photo: NASA/ESA)

    Will climate pledge lead to Australia 'keeping coal in the hole'?

    As the high-level section of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) gathers pace in Lima, delegates warmly received the news that Australia has pledged US$166 million to the Green Climate Fund

    10 December 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Pa Ousman Jarju, the first Special Climate Envoy to be appointed from a Least Developed Country (Photo: IISD)

    Q&A: Why is the Green Climate Fund's pledging meeting important?

    This week sees the international Green Climate Fund (GCF) hold a high-level pledging summit in Berlin (19-20 November). The Fund hopes to securing its minimum target of $10 billion by the end of 2014; a hope that seems more likely to be realised following recent events.

    18 November 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, takes a break from digging irrigation channels. Climate change in the form of higher temperatures and less rain is expected to have a big impact on Central American crops and farmers, and decision-makers need information on climate change adaptation (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Creative Commons)

    Will divisions in the board delay the Green Climate Fund?

    Britain says it will donate 'strongly' at this week’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledging meeting. But there are arguments within the board on how countries can access and spend the fund

    18 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • The island state of Tuvalu is profoundly threatened by climate change. Tuvalu’s Prime Minister announced plans to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020. He was one of several LDC leaders to announce climate action.  (Photo: Tomoaki Inaba)

    Bold climate pledges from the Least Developed Countries

    The Gambia's Special Climate Envoy, Pa Osman Jarju, reflects on the Least Developed Countries (LDC) leadership at the UN Climate Summit

    28 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Marchers, including Saleemul Huq, at the New York climate change march (Photos: IIED)

    Huq hails People's Climate march ahead of UN summit

    IIED's senior fellow, Saleemul Huq, has hailed the success of Sunday's People's Climate march in New York

    23 September 2014 | News | Climate change
  • IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq announces the Kathmandu Declaration to delegates at CBA8 in Nepal in April 2014 (Photo: Stephanie Andrei)

    Kathmandu Declaration: recommendations for financing communities most vulnerable to climate change

    At the close of the 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA8) in April 2014, delegates released a declaration that called for a radical shift in flows of finance to ensure the most vulnerable communities can adapt to climate change

    14 May 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Participants at CBA8 listen to speakers addressing the latest issues related to financing local adaptation (Photo: Stephanie Andrei)

    CBA8 highlights – day four

    A round-up of the highlights of the third day of the CBA8 conference, which was dominated by the launch of the Kathmandu Declaration

    30 April 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre's Pablo Suarez leads a game-playing session at CBA8 (Photo: Stephanie Andrei)

    CBA8 highlights – day three

    A round-up of the highlights of the third day of the CBA8 conference, which focused on issues such as the role of civil society advocacy in community-based adaptation planning and included a film session

    30 April 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • A delegate at CBA8 gives the thumbs up to views expressed during a session (Photo: Stephanie Andrei)

    CBA8 highlights - day two

    A round-up of the highlights of the second day of the CBA8 conference, which focused on issues such as private sector finance and saw game-playing used to inform delegates

    29 April 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala inaugurates CBA8 on the first day of the conference in Kathmandu (Photo: Kate Wilson/IIED)

    CBA8 highlights - day one

    A round-up of the highlights of the first day of the CBA8 conference, which saw Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala inaugurate events in Kathmandu

    26 April 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • CBA8 participants visited Kritipur village, Nawalparsi district, to learn about irrigation and community forest projects. (Photo: Kate Wilson/IIED)

    CBA8 highlights – pre-conference field trips

    Delegates to the 8th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation undertook field visits to communities and projects around Nepal

    24 April 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • This culvert, constructed to allow villagers to cross the River Mahenya, Kenya, proves insufficient at times of extreme rainfall. Kenya is one of the pilot countries for TAMD which aims to improve the way climate adaptation is assessed (Photo: Robin Wyatt)

    Tracking adaptation and measuring development

    A comprehensive framework is broadening the way decision makers measure the impact of climate adaptation on development

    20 January 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • COP19 in Warsaw – a private finance climate conference?

    At the UN climate conference in Copenhagen 2009, developed countries committed to provide funds rising to US$100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing countries in their efforts to address

    31 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund sets international precedent

    Scotland’s decision to integrate climate justice into international development programming is significant.

    7 October 2013 | News | Climate change
  • Ethiopian children play in the water of a well

    Ethiopia must rethink finance to achieve 2025 vision

    To achieve its goal of being a middle-income climate-resilient green economy, Ethiopia needs new ways to use public funds to promote private investment.

    1 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Climate vulnerable community in Peam Ro District, Cambodia

    Climate resilient cities: a role for the media

    Journalists can remind city officials and urban residents about ‘hidden finance’ for climate resilience, and ensure the money gets well spent, says David Dodman.

    27 September 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A Rwandan farmer checks his coffee beans. A banana tree is visible behind him.

    Rwanda: test case on international commitment to financing climate change adaptation?

    Rwanda hopes climate change will provide an opportunity to secure additional climate finance. Will its new finance mechanism succeed?

    6 March 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Solar panels on a floating school, Bangladesh

    Understanding the political economy of the Climate Investment Funds

    IIED is examining the ideas, resources and ‘power dynamics’ that shape how the Climate Investment Funds achieve development impacts. Together, these factors make up the ‘political economy’, and examining them will help governments and development organisations understand how climate investment funds can best bring about the transformational change the funds aim for.

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Discussing climate resilience in Kinna, northern Kenya.

    How do we tell whether climate change adaptation is making headway?

    IIED and its partners are developing tailored frameworks to help developing countries evaluate their climate adaptation investments.

    6 December 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Men survey a flooded road in Kenya.

    Rich nations fail to meet 8 climate-finance pledges analysis shows

    Rich nations score poorly on climate finance in most detailed analysis to date and have failed to keep promises to provide poorer ones with funds to tackle climate change.

    26 November 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Taking the long view on adaptation

    The impacts of climate change do not happen overnight but play out over decades. Funders looking to support people to adapt to those impacts must take the long view and accept that their investments may not provide measurable outcomes for ten years or more.

    12 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Three ways Durban climate conference can ensure rich world meets finance promises

    A briefing paper published today (21 November) by IIED outlines three steps to ensure developed countries meet their agreed commitments to help poorer nations adapt to climate change.

    21 November 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Multi-billion dollar climate change fund hits barrier

    Plans for a multi-billion dollar fund to help developing countries deal with climate change hit a big barrier this week when countries could not agree on the design of the fund.

    20 October 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Donor nations get low scores on climate finance transparency scorecard

    Developed countries are being far from transparent about the climate-change finance they promised to developing nations at the Copenhagen summit in 2009, according to a scorecard published today (19 September) by IIED.

    16 September 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Plans to protect forests could do more harm than good unless power is in local hands

    Tropical countries that seek a share of billions of dollars of climate finance in return for protecting their forests risk creating strategies that fail to bring social and environmental benefits, according to a report released today by IIED

    25 August 2011 | News | Forests
  • Tiny flight tax could raise billions to protect people from climate change

    A small tax on international airline tickets could raise US$10 billion a year to help people to adapt to the impacts of climate change, say economists at the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    31 March 2011 | News | Economics
  • Storm watch for Cancun climate talks

    Striking a deal at this month’s UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico will largely depend on negotiators’ ability to settle stormy disputes, particularly between the developed and developing world, over six key issues.

    23 November 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Adaptation finance: Why not just give it to the poor?

    A new book argues that the best approach to reducing poverty is the simplest: giving money to the poor. In Just Give Money to the Poor, Hanlon, Barrientos and Hulme argue that cash transfers put money directly in the hands of those that need it, and that the poor are both willing and capable of using the money to benefit themselves and their families. Given the uncertainties and pitfalls of spending money on climate change adaptation, could we do worse than simply giving money to the poor themselves?

    14 October 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Participants developing the Ngiagagniao rural community map (Photo: Bara Guèye)

    Making decentralisation work

    Our programme of work on 'Making decentralisation work' responded to a policy change in many countries in the African Sahel which saw the transfer of certain decision-making powers and resources away from central government to elected local government bodies

    31 July 2008 | Project | Drylands and pastoralism
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