Climate Finance Fundamentals

Research reports and studies

This series of short, introductory briefing on various aspects of climate finance are designed for readers new to the debate on global climate change financing.  In light of the fast pace of developments in climate finance, the briefs allow the reader to gain a better understanding of the quantity and quality of financial flows going to developing countries.

The briefs outline the principles of public climate finance; the emerging global climate finance architecture; and address the instruments, needs and actual funding amounts in the action areas of adaptation, mitigation and forest protection (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, REDD-plus).  Several look specifically at the climate funding situation for specific regions of the world.

The Green Climate Fund

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böell Stiftung, Smita Nakhooda and Charlene Watson, Overseas Development Institute
This note describes the Green Climate Fund design process to date, and outlines key points of tension.

Mitigation finance

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Sam Barnard, Alice Caravani, Smita Nakhooda, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
This brief describes the funds that have been created by industrialised countries to finance emission reductions in developing countries and examines how these funds can work with private capital to secure the level of funding needed.

Climate finance regional briefing: Asia and the Pacific

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Sam Barnard, Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Asia is the largest continent and has the world’s most expansive Ocean – the Pacific – on its margins. It is also the region that has received the most international climate funding, which so far has concentrated on supporting mitigation activities.

REDD-plus finance

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Marigold Norman, Alice Caravani, Smita Nakhooda, and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
REDD-plus finance has received a lot of attention over the last years. This brief describes the funding initiatives in support of this major international mitigation strategy and raises some ongoing challenges for the equitable delivery of climate finance.