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Ten principles to help assess funding for local climate adaptation

Escalating climate change impacts are intensifying the need for local communities to adapt. But it is not known how much adaptation finance is flowing down to local activities, and there has been little debate on what ‘high-quality’ funding for communities looks like. This briefing summarises a study that attempted to quantify funding for local adaptation activities, and that assessed project documentation from several major funds against ten principles intended to guide good ‘quality’ funding allocations. Projects performed well against the principles of effectiveness, flexibility and sustainability, but improvement is needed on transparency, accountability and urgency. Greater local participation in planning and implementing projects, and changes in donor requirements, could help address these issues.

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