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  • 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
  • Palm trees line a view of the coast

    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
  • 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
  • The UN Climate Action Summit

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Construction of a dam and hydropower plant on the Konkouré River at Kaléta in Guinea. The new plant came on line in September 2015 (Photo: Jamie Skinner/IIED)

    Should the Green Climate Fund flow to hydropower? 

    Jamie Skinner discusses whether tightening up standards to minimise social and environmental risks could shift the debate on hydropower

    31 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vanuatu is one of the Least Developed Countries, and is increasingly affected by climate change. Here local people are constructing a river crossing using rocks and coral after flooding destroyed a bridge (Photo:, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Financing climate change adaptation in LDCs

    Adaptation to climate change is a priority in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), but while funds have been set up to provide finance for adaptation, accessing them is time-consuming and complicated

    22 April 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
  • Heads of government will pledge action on climate change at the UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September (Image: UN)

    Leaders take note: There are two sides to the climate change coin

    It is clear that the long-term solution to climate change lies in weaning the global economy off fossil fuels and onto a cleaner and more sustainable energy pathway in every country. But it is also clear that climate change is already wreaking havoc around the globe and that, in the short term, the world's poorest and most vulnerable people need urgent support

    18 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Drought affects Xinjiang Province, a consequence of climate change (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Well-financed climate change action must be central to the post-2015 goals

    Climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. It is critical, therefore, that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda fully embeds climate change

    4 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A drought in East Africa: the Green Climate Fund will help developing countries mitigate and adapt against climate change (Photo: Wikipedia Creative Commons)

    Setting up the Green Climate Fund: Watch This Space

    The Green Climate Fund is ready to get going but there is still some work to do, and there are still no firm pledges from developed countries in spite of recent progress

    11 July 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A wind farm outside Adigrat, northern Ethiopia, is an example of low-carbon renewable technologies can initiate a process of transformational change within developing countries

    Green Climate Fund: a big step forward, but many decisions pending

    The UN climate change convention's Green Climate Fund (GCF), aims to help countries adopt "transformational" pathways to low carbon, climate resilient development. Its 6th board meeting last week in Bali yielded mixed results for the world's most poor and climate vulnerable countries.

    28 February 2014 | Blog | 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
  • 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
  • Wind farm outside Adigrat, northern Ethiopia.

    Scaling up renewable technologies: incremental or transformational change?

    As developing countries transition towards low-carbon economies, governments face tough investment choices.

    8 July 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Consensus grows behind the scenes at the UN climate negotiations

    It’s too early to talk about the end-game in the 17th conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks that are underway in Durban. But amid the shifting diplomatic sands of talks and texts, there are signs that some of the ground is starting to solidify.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Do or die in Durban

    I was one among the many sleep-deprived observers present at the birth of the Kyoto Protocol, during the early hours of a cold December morning in 1997. I cannot claim to have formed an immediate emotional attachment. Along with many others, I despaired already at the weakling’s lack of ambition, and numerous defects (politely called loopholes) that rendered it a joke on the planet. It was optimistically proclaimed a “first small step”, implying that better would follow once the world “warmed up” to the idea of living in a carbon-constrained world.

    30 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • An American predicament that threatens the Green Climate Fund

    In the context of the multilateral climate change negotiations, this global realization has slowly, but inexorably led to the conclusion that for the foreseeable future, it would be vain to expect

    3 November 2011 | Blog | 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
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