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.

Climate finance regional briefing: Latin America

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Nella Canales Trujillo, Smita Nakhooda and Alice Caravani, Overseas Development Institute, and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
This brief describes international climate finance that is being channelled to countries in Latin America to fund national climate change actions. It looks at funding across the major themes of adaptation, mitigation and REDD-plus, as well as identifying the...

Gender and climate finance

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, with Smita Nakhooda, Overseas Development Institute
This brief outlines some key principles and actions for making climate financing instruments more gender-responsive.

Adaptation finance

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Alice Caravani, Sam Barnard and Smita Nakhooda, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böell Stiftung
This brief looks at the challenge for the international community to ensure adequate levels of funding for adaptation activities in vulnerable developing countries.

Climate finance regional briefing: sub-Saharan Africa

Briefing papers | December 2014 | Smita Nakhooda, Sam Barnard, Alice Caravani, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böell Stiftung
Africa is the region that has contributed the least to global greenhouse gas emissions but is the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. It is estimated that the total cost of Africa’s adaptation to climate change will be between $10-30 billion a year by 2030.

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.