Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative (AFAI)
The amount of international climate finance for developing countries to adapt to climate change and strengthen climate resilience has increased in recent years, particularly to meet commitments agreed in the UNFCCC negotiations to address climate change impacts. At the same time, many developing country governments are increasing their own spending on climate change adaptation and resilience, recognizing the risks that climate change already poses to their people and economies.
But there are significant questions about the implementation of these funds:
- How much adaptation finance is actually available within developing countries?
- How is it being directed and used and by whom?
- Is it reaching the local level? Are the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable being met and do they have a say in how the finance is used?
To address these essential issues, Oxfam, the Overseas Development Institute, and the World Resources Institute – together with civil society groups in developing countries – have launched the Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative (AFAI). Building on ongoing work at national, regional and global levels to monitor and strengthen accountability for adaptation finance, the initiative initially focuses on four countries in collaboration with civil society organizations there – the Zambia Climate Change Network, Clean Energy Network (Nepal), Climate Action Network Uganda, and Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (Philippines).
Together we are:
- Developing tools to enable civil society and other stakeholders to track and monitor adaptation finance flows from a multitude of sources down to the local level.
- Identifying institutional constraints to the effective delivery of climate finance to poor and vulnerable groups, and opportunities to empower local civil society to overcome these constraints.
- Supporting national and local civil society capacity to advocate for improved transparency, coherence and alignment of climate finance, and increased accountability to citizens for the use of this finance.
- Developing opportunities for South to South learning by enabling civil society groups across a number of Asian and African countries to share insights, exchange experiences, and jointly develop advocacy strategies.
- Distilling lessons from piloting monitoring tools and advocacy to improve transparency and accountability in climate finance delivery
- Influencing global efforts to mobilize and manage climate finance, including the oversight under the UNFCCC, the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund, and bilateral climate finance
Reported Adaptation Commitments and Recipients:
These graphics are based on information collected by the Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative and include donor reported commitments for 2010 and 2011. The graphics have been designed by Visilio Designs.