Climate Funds Update

Climate Funds Update is a website that provides information on the growing number of dedicated multilateral climate finance initiatives designed to help developing countries address the challenges of climate change. Through independent research, ODI collects and analyses current details on key climate funds detailing:

  • what the funds support and their governance structures
  • who is pledging and depositing to these funds
  • where the finance is being spent and on what. 

It also presents analysis on key trends and introductory briefings to important issues for international public climate finance.

Outputs

Climate finance fundamentals 8: Asia (2017 update)

Publication series | December 2017 | Charlene Watson, Neil Bird, Liane Schalatek, Katharina Keil
This publication assesses the flow of international climate finance to Asia, including a breakdown of funding by country and objective.
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10 things to know about climate finance in 2015

Briefing papers | December 2015 | Smita Nakhooda, Charlene Watson, Sam Barnard and Liane Schalatek

​These infographics break down the numbers on climate finance, analysing data from the world’s only comprehensive public climate finance commitment tracker – Climate Funds Update.

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Climate finance fundamentals 3: adaptation finance

Briefing papers | November 2015 | Nella Canales Trujillo, Charlene Watson, Alice Caravani, Sam Barnard, Smita Nakhooda and Liane Schalatek
This brief examines the challenge the international community faces in ensuring adequate levels of funding for adaptation activities in vulnerable developing countries.
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Climate finance fundamentals 4: mitigation finance

Briefing papers | November 2015 | Sam Barnard, Alice Caravani, Smita Nakhooda and Liane Schalatek
This brief describes the funds that have been created by industrialised countries to finance emission reductions in developing countries.
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Climate finance fundamentals 8: Asia

Briefing papers | November 2015 | Sam Barnard, Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani and Liane Schalatek
This brief assesses the flow of international climate finance to Asia, including a breakdown of funding by country and objective.
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Climate finance fundamentals 5: REDD+ finance

Briefing papers | November 2015 | Marigold Norman, Alice Caravani, Smita Nakhooda, Charlene Watson, Will McFarland and Liane Schalatek
This brief describes the funding initiatives in support of REDD+ and raises some ongoing challenges for the equitable delivery of climate finance.
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Climate finance fundamentals 6: Latin America

Briefing papers | November 2015 | Nella Canales Trujillo, Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani and Liane Schalatek
This brief describes international climate finance that is being channelled to countries in Latin America to fund national climate change actions.
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Fast Start Finance for forests: the challenge of maintaining momentum

Research reports and studies | April 2014 | Charlene Watson, William McFarland, Smita Nakhooda, and Alice Caravani
Does the opportunity to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation add new momentum to existing efforts to protect the world’s remaining forests? This report reviews climate finance for REDD+ over the period 2010-2012 and the motivations and objectives of the...
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10 things to know about climate finance in 2012

Briefing papers | November 2012 | Smita Nakhooda, Charlene Watson, Alice Caravani, Liane Schalatek, Sam Barnard, Nella Canales Trujillo and Nick Scott
This article and associated infographic highlights the ten most noteworthy insights from our efforts over the past year to monitor climate finance on Climate Funds Update (CFU).
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Climate finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Briefing papers | November 2012 | Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani, Neil Bird, ODI and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
This policy brief reviews general trends in African climate finance. It considers the key actors in the region and their evolving role in negotiations over the global architecture for climate finance, and finds that funding that is currently delivered is far from...
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Long term climate finance

Comment | 11 July 2012 | Smita Nakhooda
'Better structured, bottom-up analysis that emerges from developing countries’ efforts to chart a response to climate change, can support a process of prioritising how to best to use scarce climate finance to meet real needs.'
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The Green Climate Fund: Ready, set, go?

Comment | 20 February 2012 | Smita Nakhooda and Liane Schalatek
'There are high expectations for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) … … but much remains undecided. What role will the GCF really play? And what will it take to keep the GCF from being a beautifully constructed, but largely empty shell?'
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Mobilising climate finance: a few fundamentals to consider

Comment | 8 December 2011 | Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani, Allister Wenzel and Maria Apergi
'Coming up with the finance to support developing countries to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts is a central focus of the UNFCCC negotiations underway in Durban this week. Getting developed countries to pay up will be difficult at this time,...
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REDD+ finance delivery: lessons from early experience

Briefing papers | November 2011 | Anna Creed and Smita Nakhooda
Delivering REDD+ finance has taken more preparatory work, capacity and tailoring than initially envisaged. Multilateral institutions financing REDD+ have made significant progress, and experience to date will inform and facilitate future implementation. Alongside this...
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Design challenges for the Green Climate Fund

Briefing papers | January 2011 | Neil Bird, Jessica Brown and Liane Schalatek

One of the achievements of the UNFCCC negotiations in Cancun was the decision to establish a Green Climate Fund (GCF). This paper highlights some of the more pressing design...

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Climate Finance Fundamentals

Publication Series

This series of short, introductory briefings on various aspects of climate finance aim to develop a better understanding of the quantity and quality of financial flows going to developing countries.

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Climate finance: a few fundamentals for 2013

Comment | Alice Caravani, Sam Barnard, Smita Nakhooda and Liane Schalatek
'Developed countries have provided finance to help developing countries respond to climate change through many different channels, including dedicated multilateral climate funds. The UNFCCC COP in Warsaw this week, it is hoped, will focus political attention on...
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