Institutional barriers to climate finance through a gendered lens in Fiji, Samoa and Solomon Islands

Climate change will affect everyone, everywhere but in different and complex ways. In order to ensure a just future, it is essential for climate regulation to recognise and support diverse groups to adapt to climate change. This project involved drafting and delivering training materials explaining international law on gender within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for Pacific representatives attending COP27 in Egypt.

In addition the project also focused on access to climate finance. Groups most likely to suffer from climate change, are groups least responsible for historical emissions and as such need to be supported to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. This project involved collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and Faith-Based Organisations (FBO) in the Pacific to identify the main barriers for grassroots organisations in accessing international climate finance. The six barriers identified were:

  1. Limited understanding of what constituted climate finance;
  2. Lack of knowledge on the availability and suitability of funding sources for CSO-FBOs;
  3. Overly complex donor processes and requirements;
  4. Insufficient capacity to draft grants and administrative reporting and management of grant;
  5. Poor recognition of the role of CSO-FBOs in development; and
  6. Weak or complex power relationships with government ministries and donors.

Findings from the research project influenced the development of international climate law, with the  Gender COP Decision from 2022 noting in paragraph 12 for Parties to facilitate simplified access to climate finance for grass-roots women’s organizations as well as for indigenous peoples, especially women, and local communities.

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