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Financing local responses to poverty, climate and nature

Marek Soanes

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

Only US$1 in every US$10 committed from global climate funds between 2003 and 2016 was for local-level climate action. Too often, donors and global funds make decisions far away from communities and provide climate finance through layers of intermediaries — missing vital local experience and insights. The investment that does get through can be of inconsistent quality and goes to short-term projects with limited legacy in terms of capabilities. This briefing outlines IIED’s vision for a reimagined climate finance landscape based on IIED’s Money Where it Matters framework. The framework aims to get more money to the households, cooperatives, federations, social movements and local governments best placed to absorb and disburse high-quality and high-quantity finance. Through local action this finance can support societies and ecosystems to thrive; here we set out how donors, global funds and intermediaries can help make this happen.

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IIED is exploring solutions to remove the 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.

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