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Financial options for climate action
South-originating green finance: exploring the potential
Counting money
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This discussion paper has been produced as part of the South-originating Green Finance (SGF) initiative, and seeks to stimulate debate about, and highlight the key role, and potential for growth, of the evolving financial landscape originating from the global south. The drive for such an initiative comes from the urgent need to scale green investment, and the potential for national and international policies to accelerate its volume and enhance its impact. It is intended that this discussion paper will crystallise current knowledge, provide a framework for future discussion, offer initial policy reflections, and set out a policy-focused research agenda.

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Innovative risk finance solutions – Insights for geothermal power development in Kenya and Ethiopia
Paula Rolffs; J. Richardson; A. Amin / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
Geothermal development is on the rise in many regions of the world. However, the high costs of field development, coupled with the high risks associated with resource exploration and drilling, still pose a significant barrier to ...
Weather-index based crop insurance as a social adaptation to climate change and variability in the Upper West Region of Ghana: developing a participatory approach
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2017
Climate change and variability are major challenges to rain-fed crop production in Africa. This paper presents a report on a pilot project to test a concept for operationalising weather-index crop insurance as a social adaptat...
Financing Pathways for Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development
Amal-Lee Amin; M. Jaramillo; Chantal Naidoo / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2014
Shifting the global economy onto a 2°C trajectory implies a rapid shift of existing investment patterns and far reaching transformation in technology, infrastructure and practises, including the adoption of new financing and ...
Financing Universal Access to Electricity
Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
The recent emphasis on the provision of modern energy services as an important ingredient for development has improved finance availability for the goal of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). However, existing financial flows ...
Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures 2016
One of the most significant, and perhaps most misunderstood, risks that organisations face today relates to climate change. While it is widely recognized that continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming o...
Gender, livestock and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Costa Rica
C.R. Farnworth / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
Costa Rica is developing a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) that will provide climate finance for best livestock management practices that generate climate change mitigation benefits. The LivestockPlus research project,...
Making a killing: who pays the real costs of Big Oil, Coal and Gas?
J.-A. Richards; K. Boom / Heinrich Böll Foundation - European Union 2016
The single biggest cause of climate change is burning fossil fuels. The Carbon Majors - who include big coal, oil and gas - have extracted fossil fuels responsible for roughly two thirds of climate change pollution. This paper...
Climate finance for agricultural adaptation
W. Ye; I. Vasileiou; W. Förch / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that expected population growth, coupled with income growth, would require 70% more food to be produced by 2050. However, climate change, which among ...
Small States' resilience to natural disasters and climate change - role of the IMF
International Monetary Fund 2016
Small developing states are disproportionately vulnerable to natural disasters. On average, the annual cost of disasters for small states is nearly 2 percent of GDP—more than four times that for larger countries. This ref...
The Green Climate Fund accreditation process: barrier or opportunity?
International Institute for Environment and Development 2015
As the largest pot of climate funding available to developing countries, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) holds huge promise. As it enters into operation, national institutions, including government, can apply to access GCF’s...
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