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  • Head and shoulders photos of five people alongside the words 'podcast 19' and "Make Change Happen".

    A spur to action – getting money to the local level for nature and climate: Make Change Happen podcast episode 19

    At COP26, political leaders called for more action to address biodiversity loss and climate change together. In this episode of Make Change Happen, we discuss how this must be financed and the possible mechanisms for spurring actions on the ground

    21 September 2022 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Three women bend over and direct their picks and shovels to the ground.

    IIED at Climate Week NYC 2022

    Organised in parallel with the United Nations General Assembly, Climate Week NYC 2022 took place from 19-25 September to create an ambitious platform t

    16 September 2022 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Aerial view of towns and vegetation covered in flood water

    How can loss and damage finance reach those enduring climate catastrophe?

    As global heating causes loss and damage to escalate rapidly, new and additional large-scale financing is needed to protect lives, livelihoods and ecosystems, especially in the poorest countries and communities. Clara Gallagher and Simon Addison explore some of the ways that different financial instruments might be layered to get the right kinds of finance to the right place at the right time to implement a variety of loss and damage measures

    13 September 2022 | Blog | Climate change
  • Woman sells bananas and hands a bag to a man.

    Incentives for an inclusive green economy

    An inclusive green economy is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will achieve poverty reduction and a nature-positive, climate-resilient and net zero economy for countries in the South and North. IIED is reviewing and supporting incentives for public and private investment and finance to achieve an inclusive green economy

    6 September 2022 | Article | Economics
  • A host of people carrying placards and banners march and protest. One prominent banner says: "Danger: delay kills you"

    From Paris to pandemic: charting the changing landscape for sustainable development

    Andrew Norton reflects on changes to the global context for sustainable development since becoming director of IIED in 2015, and suggests what we might learn by comparing the hopeful post-Paris landscape to today’s geopolitical turmoil

    1 September 2022 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Row of houses next to a flooded space.

    On the road to COP27 and a new climate finance goal – next stop: Manila

    Next week, technical experts will gather in Manila to discuss a new global goal for post-2025 climate finance. Illari Aragon explores the issues that will be critical at the talks

    30 August 2022 | Blog | Climate change
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    Waking up: the vital long-term finance goal of the Paris Agreement

    Next year’s Global Stocktake offers an incentive to unpack and advance the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal on climate finance, captured in Article 2.1c. Failure to explore the goal, including how to track and report it, will impact two better-known ambitions: limiting temperature rise to well below 2°C and increasing ability to adapt

    2 August 2022 | Blog | Climate change
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    CBA16: putting the LLA principles into practice

    If your purpose is creating a world where all people are on a pathway to climate-resilient, low-emission sustainable development, and putting the principles for locally led adaptation into practice, then join us at the 16th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA16)

    20 July 2022 | Event | Climate change
  • Three women try to walk while almost completely submerged in flood water.

    Addressing loss and damage: actions to respond, recover and reduce the risk

    This event launched a new report which examines the risk of loss and damage and the tools, measures and mechanisms used to address it.

    14 July 2022 | Event | Climate change
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    Three asks to strengthen locally-led action in new biodiversity finance

    When negotiators and experts met in Nairobi in June 2022 for the latest round of discussions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF), mobilising finance to implement the strategy was a hot issue. But as Minnie Degawan and Ebony Holland highlight, discussions fell short because they failed to prioritise finance for local action

    13 July 2022 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A man walking a bike on a flooded road

    A changing world needs changing methods: six steps for evaluations to assess “what will work”

    Climate change is creating unpredictable futures for sustainable development. Yet, evaluation methods for assessing development progress have remained unchanged. Emilie Beauchamp and Stefano D’Errico explain why evaluations must urgently turn from assessing 'what works' to 'what will work' and introduce a new guide to evaluation in a time of climate change

    12 July 2022 | Blog | Climate change
  • Water pours from two pipes set into stone, surrounded by photos, alongside a pile of clothes.

    Embracing disruptive resilience

    The risks that cities face are becoming more extreme (with more outlier events), teleconnected (where events in one place lead to disturbances in another) and complex (where multiple hazards unfold

    23 June 2022 | Article | Climate change
  • Water pours from two pipes set into stone, surrounded by photos, alongside a pile of clothes.

    Urban climate justice: connecting social justice and decarbonisation

    Cities in the global South can leapfrog the carbon-intensive trajectories forged by the global North by supporting decarbonisation – the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions – and responding to lo

    23 June 2022 | Article | Climate change
  • Enhanced Direct Access to climate finance: "I wish I knew that at the start!"

    This online workshop, as part of London Climate Action Week, heard lessons shared by entities that have managed the Enhanced Direct Access approach to accessing climate finance

    17 June 2022 | Event | Climate change
  • A group of young people, men and women, walk in line holding protest signs (saying things such as "fight for our future") as part of a march

    Stockholm+50: priorities for re-energising global action

    World leaders last week met at the Stockholm+50 conference to reflect on 50 years since the landmark 1972 Stockholm conference that put the environment at the heart of international development. IIED director Andrew Norton reflects on the meeting's outcomes and sets out three priorities for action

    7 June 2022 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Five young men sit on benches on a lawn outside a building. They are listening to two older men seated at a desk.

    IIED at Stockholm+50

    Stockholm+50 celebrated and reflected on 50 years of global environmental action. IIED contributed to these discussions through new research and a series of events

    1 June 2022 | Event | Biodiversity
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    Stockholm+50 must build a legacy of support for locally-led action for people, nature and climate

    Global leaders will meet in Sweden at Stockholm+50 next week to reflect on five decades of action since the 1972 Stockholm conference that put the environment at the heart of international development. To coincide with the meeting, IIED has launched a report outlining why locally-led action for people, nature and climate is vital to progress

    27 May 2022 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Four women in a dry landscape watering small plants.

    CBA16 and locally led adaptation: an interactive dialogue

    This online event shared the perspectives of local actors from the community-based adaptation community of practice on delivering locally led adaptation

    27 May 2022 | Event | Climate change
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    Making finance flow for locally-led action in the Decade of Action

    This online Stockholm+50 event saw the launch of a report on finance supporting locally-led action for people, nature and climate

    17 May 2022 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Women with their backs to the camera bind together bamboo panels and lean them against a wall

    Strengthening women’s leadership for climate action

    IIED and EnGen Collaborative are working with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to enhance women’s climate leadership in state and non-state policymaking and implementation at local and national levels to improve the impact of CIF investments

    9 May 2022 | Project | Climate change
  • A man wearing a T-shirt and a hat takes a close look at a tree, surrounded by forest

    Guide for linking sovereign debt to climate and nature action supports decision-makers to restructure debt in response to COVID-19 and the Ukraine war

    A recent ‘how-to’ guide on debt instruments for debt managers and environmental decision-makers in developing countries has now been made more widely available in Arabic and Mandarin

    28 April 2022 | News | Biodiversity
  • An aerial view of dozens of shack housing in close proximity, with colourful roofs

    Bridging the urban adaptation finance gap

    To the concern about the very large urban adaptation finance gap must be added the worry that what finance exists does little to support local governments and civil society in urban communities

    25 April 2022 | Blog | Economics
  • Scaling up support for locally led adaptation

    IIED and partners are working to identify and showcase the many diverse and inspiring approaches within developing countries and across the whole-of-society for getting climate finance to the local level and behind the priorities of local people

    6 April 2022 | Project | Climate change
  • Man in a field holds a shovel pointing to the ground

    Q&A: LIFE-AR in Uganda gets local climate finance flowing with decentralised model

    Uganda’s new climate finance mechanism is designed to deliver climate finance to local actors and drive a shift in power, so they decide how to plan, manage and use the funds in line with their priorities

    21 March 2022 | Article | Climate change
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    Why the ‘climate club’ needs to take on investment rules

    This year’s G7 agenda will include Germany’s vision for an ‘international climate club’ to drive urgent collaborative action. The proposal includes measures to step up climate ambition and ensure fairness and efficacy for member and non-member nations. But will this concept commit to reforming the investment treaties that can stymie climate ambition?

    14 March 2022 | Blog | Climate change
  • Two men bend down with their hands on a small tree.

    Only a fraction of international climate adaptation finance for least developed countries found to also support nature

    Next week, officials will meet in Geneva for the next round of negotiations for the global biodiversity framework. High on the agenda is the need to connect climate change and nature, including mobilising finance that delivers outcomes for both. Yet, as Nora Nisi and Ebony Holland explain, there is still a long way to go to achieve this

    10 March 2022 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Dozens of people carrying containers collect water on a river bank

    How far will the UK go to align aid with the Paris Agreement?

    The Independent Commission for Aid Impact and IIED held an event on 21 March 2022 to examine the UK's progress towards aligning aid with the Paris Agreement and explore opportunities for action

    25 February 2022 | Event | Climate change
  • Women stand in a line with empty bags. A man wears a white vest with a red cross on the back.

    Connecting humanitarians and climate change

    IIED worked with Start Network – a global network of over 50 humanitarian agencies from five continents – to understand how humanitarian actors can tackle climate change more effectively

    16 February 2022 | Project | Climate change
  • Various women holding sickles and working the land

    IIED at CBD COP15

    What is CBD COP15? Our key research, commentary, analysis and events from the 2022 global biodiversity conference

    14 February 2022 | Event | Biodiversity
  • A masked woman sits behind a desk reading an information booklet next to a sign that is labelled 'Rwanda'. behind her is a large banner proclaiming the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference

    Why COP26 was worth it

    Eva Peace Mukayiranga describes challenges and highlights from the negotiating rooms in Glasgow and shares how she’ll be taking forward skills she learnt to COP27

    6 January 2022 | Blog | Climate change
  • Six men and one woman wearing masks line up for a group photo on a stage.

    Champions Group on Adaptation Finance join forces to accelerate adaptation finance solutions beyond COP26

    At the COP26 Resilience Hub on 8 November 2021, the recently launched informal Champions Group on Adaptation Finance, together with representatives from the UN Secretary-General's office, took stock of progress on adaptation finance over recent months and committed to further action heading into 2022

    8 November 2021 | News | Climate change
  • Man crouching next to a crop bed.

    Significant new support for locally led adaptation principles

    Danida, Sida, USAID and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs are the latest donor agencies to endorse eight principles for locally led adaptation, developed to help ensure that local communities are empowered to lead sustainable and effective adaptation to climate change at the local level

    8 November 2021 | News | Climate change
  • Woman waling with crutches steps outside a hut to a flooded road

    New solidarity funds could ringfence finance for loss and damage

    On Adaptation, Loss and Damage Day at COP26, Clara Gallagher and Saleemul Huq consider how National Solidarity Funds for loss and damage could get new and additional finance to countries experiencing devastating and relentless loss and damage caused by climate change

    8 November 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Elder woman kneels on the ground behind weeds.

    Indigenous Peoples and forest communities are central to tackling the climate crisis – but they need finance

    Forests, and the communities who protect and manage them, are critical in tackling climate change and nature loss. From COP26, guest blogger Gustavo Sánchez explains why they can no longer be ignored in the distribution of climate finance and describes a new fund that gets money directly to local forest level

    5 November 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Two people sail a canoe around stilt houses.

    Financing least developed countries’ climate strategies: taking the long view

    COP26 must urge all countries to continue to submit and implement long-term climate strategies – but least developed countries will need long-term financing to match

    4 November 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Woman waters seedlings

    Delivering high-quality, predictable and accessible climate finance for least developed countries

    Increasing climate finance is high on the COP26 agenda; but for climate finance to bring lasting change it must be provided over the long term, be accessible and go towards strengthening governance systems

    3 November 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Man next to a pile of dried crops of maize.

    New guide for linking sovereign debt to climate and nature action

    During this 'super year', the world is focusing on international summits aiming to tackle global crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. But a third crisis is looming: debt. A new practical 'how-to' guide for innovative debt instruments helps support developing countries tackle the triple crisis of debt, climate and nature

    2 November 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • People wading through the flood waters and carrying their belongings

    Tackling loss and damage in countries vulnerable to the effect of the climate crisis: improving evidence and co-generating pathways to impact

    IIED is working with least developed countries, Small Island Developing States and representatives of vulnerable communities to develop a vision for practical action to address loss and damage caused by climate change

    27 October 2021 | Project | Climate change
  • Rising water levels submerge trees and encroach on land

    Can COP26 reach ambitious outcomes for LDCs?

    Ambitious, inclusive and equitable outcomes at COP26 are vital. Will major emitters commit to significant carbon cuts? Will countries honour their climate finance pledges? And how will finance reach those most in need? Anna Schulz sets out four outcomes for COP26 to be labelled a success for the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.

    22 October 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Where to find IIED and partners at COP26: event listing

    What IIED and partners did at COP26

    21 October 2021 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Men queue in front of a table. A woman hands them bags.

    Humanitarian action is part of climate response – but must be early and locally led

    Humanitarian actors could be key players in the global climate response, especially through their efforts to address climate-induced loss and damage. But their actions must be pre-emptive and locally-led. Anna Carthy and Simon Addison look at a new funding mechanism that helps humanitarians scale up local efforts and proactively address climate risks

    14 October 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Woman sitting planting a plant.

    Financing long-term strategies: are least developed countries and funders aligned?

    This event on Tuesday, 19 October explored whether expectations from LDCs are being met for climate action in the form of long-term strategies and climate-finance delivery

    12 October 2021 | Event | Climate change
  • Woman in a forest holds a tree branch towards another tree

    Escalating local climate resilience finance

    A new IIED report offers 30 practical options to help local people build vital resilience into their livelihoods, landscapes and food systems and calls for an urgent increase in climate finance to and through local organisations

    12 October 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Man stands next to a hut and a jerrycan. Another man, wearing red, points to the right.

    Can COP26 lay firm foundations for an ambitious new climate finance goal?

    With negotiations for the post-2025 climate goal due to commence at COP26, we ask what lessons can be learned from the previous – unmet – target and explore the priority issues for least developed countries (LDCs), who will be seeking changes to both the volume and nature of the climate finance they receive

    11 October 2021 | Blog | Climate change
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    IIED at COP26

    Our key research, commentary, analysis and events from the 2021 UN climate summit

    6 October 2021 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Landscape of an island with houses and vegetation surrounded by the sea.

    A glimmer of hope ahead of COP26 – financing for adaptation

    A newly formed group of champion countries committed to ramping up flows of adaptation finance brings promise − provided they can also improve access, explains guest blogger Angelique Pouponneau

    6 October 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A man and a horse plough a dry-looking field.

    Drylands and climate-resilient development – valuing climatic variability

    For too long, traditional discourse on African drylands has put the focus on the idea that drylands are fragile and degraded environments.

    24 September 2021 | Event | Climate change
  • Women in a field bend over to harvest crop

    New Champions Group on Adaptation Finance launched amid call to accelerate adaptation finance

    A new Champions Group on Adaptation Finance, launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2021, has issued a clear political commitment to work with developing countries to accelerate adaptation finance and invited other climate finance providers to join them.

    22 September 2021 | News | Climate change
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    Accelerating adaptation finance

    En español | En français

    16 September 2021 | Event | Climate change
  • A woman bends over to tend to rows and rows of small trees being grown

    Unlocking public climate finance for sustainable business transformation in Africa

    IIED and partners are co-running a two-part training programme on green and sustainable finance focusing on sub-Saharan Africa

    1 September 2021 | Project | Climate change
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    COP26 hangs in the balance if G20 fails to show solidarity with climate-vulnerable countries by delivering action

    This week, G20 ministers come together for two major meetings. Following commitments they made to climate-vulnerable countries at the Climate and Development Ministerial in March, Alex Scott and Ebony Holland reflect on progress to date and how critical it will be for the G20 to maintain momentum and fill the gaps left by the G7

    8 July 2021 | Blog | Climate change
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    CBA15: Four messages ahead of COP26

    The annual international conferences on community-based adaptation (CBA) are unique events where adaptation practitioners, researchers, donors and decision-makers come together with grassroots community representatives and engage in open, dynamic conversations about how best to drive locally-led adaptation to climate change. This year’s event, CBA15, saw more than 400 people from more than 60 countries discuss how adaptation that is inclusive and locally led can be delivered in practice. This blog shares highlights from these exchanges

    5 July 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • People sit on the floor around a map laid out on the floor

    Frontline Funds Accelerator: catalysing climate investment to the grassroots

    The Frontline Funds Accelerator coalition seeks to speed up investment in grassroots-led ‘frontline funds’ for climate action. The coalition is anchored in individual and collective agency, co-production, climate justice and effectiveness

    1 July 2021 | Project | Climate change
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    Frontline funds: investing in grassroots-led responses to climate change

    Climate change has a disproportionate effect on communities at the frontlines.

    21 June 2021 | Event | Climate change
  • A cartoon depicting a man holding a bag labelled 'power' away from a group of serious-looking people. Speech bubbles from the man say "OK, OK, I'm giving it to you", then "But, pay attention, it's fragile", then "Be very careful", then "I'm thinking about keeping it for a few more minutes, sorry guys"

    “We need a stronger taskforce”: pushing for better access to climate finance for vulnerable countries

    The UK and Fiji governments are initiating a new Taskforce on Access to Climate Finance, and vulnerable countries have high hopes it will finally deliver improved climate finance access. Guest bloggers Carlos Fuller and Dhendrup Tshering discuss how to avoid failure and ensure the taskforce is set up for success

    2 June 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Cattle drinking water from a lake

    Lessons from Paris: global biodiversity framework must engage business, grow finance

    Decisions taken this year will set the course for nature, climate and development for a decade. We consider some key lessons from the UNFCCC climate change journey so far, and how they might help strengthen the global biodiversity framework being finalised in October

    12 May 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Woman filling jerry cans with water

    Sleepwalking into COP26 collapse – why the UK must drop its aid cuts

    Britain's decision to trim its aid budget sends entirely the wrong message to world leaders – that under-delivering for vulnerable countries is OK

    5 May 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • US President Joe Biden speaking with a microphone

    Biden’s climate summit needs to show leadership for the most vulnerable – here’s how

    As US President Biden hosts a virtual climate leaders summit, Andrew Norton focuses on adaptation, resilience and loss and damage challenges and how the summit can continue the momentum for solutions

    21 April 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Woman waters aloe vera plants

    Archive of completed 'Money where it matters' projects

    IIED works to highlight the importance of and strengthen the opportunities for development and climate finance to flow to those who need it most.

    20 April 2021 | Article | Climate change
  • Two men with vests from the Red Cross in front of a destroyed building

    Here’s how to propel a green recovery for the poorest

    Special drawing rights could give indebted countries the flexibility to take climate action that benefits everyone, discuss IIED's Paul Steele and Shamshad Akhtar, former Minister of Finance for Pakistan

    7 April 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Man speaking in front of a wall that reads "UN Climate Change Conference UK 2020"

    UK aid cuts threaten climate leadership role of COP26 president

    Cuts to the overseas aid budget risk not only undermining the UK’s reputation for progressive development action, but also the chances of the UK presidency delivering a successful outcome to COP26. Sustainable development must be climate resilient: a lower aid spend is in real terms a blow to climate finance and ambition

    30 March 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Man cycling in an arid landscape

    When public finance shrinks, what are the priorities for climate action?

    Cuts to UK overseas development aid raise critical questions for future climate action, not least whether the promised balance of support for adaptation and mitigation can be maintained. We suggest reforms to the climate finance system that could deliver stronger adaptation results for climate-vulnerable people

    29 March 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Group of people sitting outside in a semi-circle looking at someone presenting

    Message to the Green Climate Fund board: step up finance access for the most vulnerable

    Earlier this year, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) released new guidelines to help vulnerable countries enhance their direct access to international climate finance. Ahead of the GCF board meeting next week, we set out why the fund needs to go further – and how

    12 March 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Fledgling mangroves with a woman on the right of the image

    Devolved Climate Finance (DCF) Alliance

    An alliance of government and non-government organisations is promoting a mechanism for delivering climate finance to the local level for inclusive climate adaptation

    28 January 2021 | Article | Climate change
  • Two women harvest crops in a field

    Principles for locally led adaptation

    Eight principles for locally led adaptation have been developed to help ensure that local communities are empowered to lead sustainable and effective adaptation to climate change at the local level. IIED is among over 80 governments, leading global institutions and local and international NGOs that have already endorsed these principles and are advocating their endorsement by others

    21 January 2021 | Article | Climate change
  • Woman walks in the distance on barren, drought-ridden soil

    LDC reflections of 2020: climate action, ambition and the path forward

    This IIED Debates online event on Thursday, 28 January heard perspectives and reflections on 2020 and priorities for 2021 with climate leaders from the least developed countries

    20 January 2021 | Event | Climate change
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    IIED launches training webinar to help get climate finance to the local level

    A new online training webinar from IIED sets out the steps local institutions can take to access climate finance, as well as the good practices donors can follow to make sure they can get money to where it matters

    11 January 2021 | News | Climate change
  • A group of young people protest holding signs about climate change and loudspeakers

    High-level summit and video showcase poorest countries’ spearheading efforts to tackle climate crisis

    A new film being launched in advance of the Thimphu Ambition Summit underlines how the least developed countries are leading the way when it comes to climate action

    4 December 2020 | News | Climate change
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    Raising ambition in locally-led action for 2021: calling for business unusual

    Four briefings and a new working paper from our ‘Money where it matters’ series explore the benefits and challenges of getting development and climate finance flowing to the local level

    16 November 2020 | News | Climate change
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    Supporting country programming processes for accessing the Green Climate Fund

    IIED is supporting The Gambia and Sao Tome and Principe to help them to identify their climate change risks, adaption opportunities and financing options under the Green Climate Fund’s country programming process

    15 November 2020 | Project | Climate change
  • Two people planting rice.

    Reforming climate finance to support locally led adaptation: principles for moving to business unusual

    This online event on November 18 discussed how finance flows must enable actors at the local level to lead the development and design of climate adaptation solutions

    10 November 2020 | Event | Climate change
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    CBA14 closing: UK minister urges countries to allocate more finance to nature-based solutions to help tackle climate change

    UK international environment minister Zac Goldsmith says there is no pathway to net zero emissions without a major effort to protect and restore nature

    25 September 2020 | News | Biodiversity
  • Woman waters field with a hose.

    The Green Climate Fund: time to shift focus to locally led adaptation

    The Green Climate Fund needs to consider how it can better channel funds directly to countries, helping build strong accredited entities that can support adaptation in adaptation initiatives

    17 August 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • Head and shoulders image of Alok Sharma talking to a computer camera in front of the Union flag

    Ministers, NGOs, academia and grassroots discuss resilience beyond COVID-19

    COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma last week said the world does "not have the luxury of time" to take urgent action to address the climate crisis

    7 July 2020 | News | Climate change
  • A man ploughing with an ox

    Three things climate funds can learn from the COVID-19 response

    COVID-19 relief packages have used social protection programmes as vehicles for getting finance directly to those in greatest need; the big climate funders could do the same by investing in these programmes that reach out to the extreme poor

    25 June 2020 | Blog | Climate change
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    Podcast: Improving climate budgeting during COVID-19

    The latest episode of the People, Planet and Public Finance podcast was recorded shortly after Cyclone Amphan hit Bangladesh and India. The storm, and the damage it caused, showed the vital importance of budgeting for climate risks – even as countries confront the coronavirus pandemic

    5 June 2020 | News | Climate change
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    Podcast: four countries working together to get climate finance to the local level

    Government and non-government institutions in Senegal, Mali, Tanzania and Kenya are working out the best and most inclusive way to get funding for sustainable climate investment to the local level. Members of this devolved climate finance alliance share their experience in a new podcast

    22 April 2020 | News | Climate change
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    IIED calls on climate funds to help reframe hydropower

    Two new papers have been published by IIED calling on international climate funds to incentivise sustainable hydropower projects that support the switch to renewable energy

    3 February 2020 | News | Climate change
  • A trader wades through knee-high flooded water in a marketplace

    Community voices – the climate needs you in COP26 countdown

    The 14th community-based adaption event (CBA14) will call on local communities to use their collective power to hold climate decision makers to account

    28 January 2020 | Blog | Climate change
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    New podcast looks at costs of climate action for people of Bangladesh

    Rural households in Bangladesh spend the staggering sum of almost US$2 billion a year to respond to disasters and climate change – and the implications of that for the lives of men, women and children in the country is discussed in a podcast launched by IIED and the International Budget Partnership today

    23 January 2020 | News | Climate change
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    2020: the year to get money where it matters

    More new initiatives, such as the Global Commission on Adaptation’s Locally Led Adaptation Action Track, are beginning to recognise the critical role of poor and marginalised people in tackling the climate emergency. From the Gobeshona conference, Andrew Norton and Saleemul Huq explain why a reimagined climate finance system that gets money into the hands of those people must be high on the 2020 ‘super year’ agenda

    20 January 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • Two women look out over the rising sea water

    COP25 must ensure help for the countries most affected by the climate crisis

    Ahead of COP25, IIED is calling for urgent climate action along with focused support for the most vulnerable

    2 December 2019 | News | Climate change
  • People putting up solar panels

    Inclusive finance for universal energy access

    The financing gap for universal energy access (Sustainable Development Goal 7) is persistent and enormous. IIED is exploring how finance instruments and models can be better calibrated to achieve energy for all

    13 November 2019 | Article | Economics
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    Climate finance not reaching the local level

    IIED research has found that less than 10% of funding committed under international climate funds to help developing countries take action on climate change is directed at the local level

    1 November 2019 | Article | Climate change
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    Real climate ambition means switching to 'business unusual'

    Leadership at the UN Climate Action Summit came from least developed countries and grassroots communities. Clare Shakya argues that supporting their efforts requires a shift away from business-as-usual

    4 October 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Women fetching water at a water kiosk

    Supporting adaptation through local-level climate finance: lessons from Kenya

    Kenya’s transformational County Climate Change Fund (CCCF) mechanism demonstrates how to get climate funds to the local level and involve the people who are most vulnerable to the hazards of a changing climate in deciding how to spend them

    24 September 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • A man looking up at a partially constructed roof

    Bearing the climate burden – Bangladesh families are paying too much

    A new report by IIED reveals how much rural households in Bangladesh are spending on repairing the damage caused by climate change. Governments and international funders need to do more to support local priorities

    20 September 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • A woman scoops water in a dry riverbed

    Want to save the planet? Put the poorest in the driver's seat

    Fundamental reform of how climate finance is distributed is needed in order to help meet the Paris Agreement’s targets and make sure money reaches the people who need it most

    11 September 2019 | Blog | Climate change
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    Leading on nature: can the new Secretary of State deliver bold action on environment and poverty?

    The UK's new Secretary of State for International Development has impressed with a strong public statement on the need to focus aid funding on climate and environmental challenges. IIED welcomes his commitment, and suggests an agenda for action

    31 May 2019 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A woman in Malawi carries a solar panel above her head through a forest path

    Climate adaptation: its time is now

    As adaptation shares more of the limelight, champions of community-based adaption have messages on three key areas that international policymakers must hear

    29 May 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • People build temporary shelters on the edge of the Bay of Bengal following a cyclone and flooding

    Why the UK parliamentary committee recommendations on international climate finance are so important

    The International Development Committee recently published its findings on UK aid for combating climate change. Clare Shakya, IIED’s director of climate change, gave evidence at the parliamentary inquiry and writes what the UK needs to do to make sure money reaches where it matters most

    23 May 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Women collecting clean water at a water pump

    Strengthening the voices of women and young people in shaping local climate action

    The 'Strengthening the voices of women and young people in shaping local climate action' project developed tools to enable women and young people to identify and articulate gender transformative priorities in response to climate change in Zanzibar and Northern Tanzania

    20 May 2019 | Project | Climate change
  • CBA13 networking: IIED senior fellow and director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) Saleemul Huq in conversation with Susan Nanduddu, director of the Uganda-based African Centre for Trade and Development

    CBA13: event highlights

    The 13th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA13) took place in Addis Ababa in April 2019. Organisers say this gathering was a vital opportunity to get local-level adaptation on the international climate-change agenda. This page brings you coverage of the event

    4 April 2019 | Article | Climate change
  • The nuts of the Babacu palm have a high oil content and many uses. The Babacu Fund is delivering climate finance to landless palm nut collectors in the Brazilian Amazon (Photo: JcPietro, Creative Commons via Wikimeida)

    CBA13: Adaptation finance – show us the money

    Nisha Krishnan and Stephen Porter will lead the ‘climate finance’ theme at this year’s community-based adaptation event. In this Q&A they discuss what’s in store

    19 February 2019 | Article | Climate change
  • 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 man herds goats amid the dust

    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
  • Group of people listening to a man talking

    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 have established 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
  • 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
  • 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)

    Measuring the impact of climate adaptation on 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 | Climate change
  • 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
  • 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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