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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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Estimating mobilized private climate finance for developing countries. A Norwegian pilot study
A. Torvanger; P. Narbel; H.F. Lund / Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo 2015
The point of departure for this study is the available data in Norway on climate finance for developing countries. The bottleneck in tracking mobilized private climate finance is availability and quality of data. The main challenge is...
Green bonds and environmental integrity: insight from CICERO second opinions
C. Clapp / Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo 2016
This policy note shares insights from CICERO's experience in producing over 60 second opinions. Insights on the environmental integrity of green bonds include: 1) Management that is aligned for climate risk can give greater confidence...
Business as UNusual: the implications of fossil divestment and green bonds for financial flows, economic growth and energy market
S. Glomsrød; W. Taoyuan / Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo 2016
Green bonds and fossil divestment has emerged as a bottom-up approach to climate action within the business community. Recent pledges by large banks and institutional investors have reached levels that have the potential to contribute...
The economic advantage: assessing the value of climate change actions in agriculture
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
Agriculture is a sector especially sensitive to climate change. It also accounts for significant emissions and is, therefore, a priority for both adaptation and mitigation plans and actions at global, national and local levels. ...
Gender and finance: coming out of the margins. Climate policy brief
M. Williams / South Centre 2016
Climate finance must be managed at the global, regional and national levels to ensure and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as key actors, both in climate protection and sustainable development efforts. Managing cli...
Policy brief on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)
South Centre 2015
The issue of ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs) has come to be one of the important components of the process towards the UNFCCC’s 21st Confer-ence of Parties (COP21) to be held in Paris in December ...
How can Bangladesh's private sector engage with the Green Climate Fund?
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2016
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) helps developing countries achieve their ambition for low-carbon resilient development. Although Bangladesh’s private sector has shown interest in seizing the opportunities offered, it lacks the knowl...
Climate finance briefing: gender and climate finance
L. Schalatek; S. Nakhooda / Overseas Development Institute 2016
Women, who form the majority of the world’s 2 billion poorest people, are often disproportionally affected by climate change impacts as a result of persisting gender norms and discriminations. Women ...
Mobilizing private finance: Unlocking the potential of Rwanda's businesses to drive climate change adaptation
A. Dzebo; P. Pauw / Stockholm Environment Institute 2016
There is a strong expectation that the private sector will provide a large share of the US$100 billion per year in climate finance that world leaders have pledged to mobilize by 2020 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...
Climate and disaster resilience financing in small island developing states
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development 2016
Natural disasters and climate change severely affect the growth trajectory of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and their ability to achieve sustainable development. SIDS are located in some of the most disaster-prone regions in t...
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A key issues guide on Climate Finance has been produced in collaboration with the Climate Funds Update website supported by Overseas Development Institute and Heinrich Boll Foundation.

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