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Looking at effectiveness as well as transparency in climate finance

International finance for climate change is a hotly debated issue at the international level, and has become an important barometer for how rich countries with high historical emissions will help developing countries shift away from carbon-intensive development to lower carbon development pathways.

But what is often missing from this conversation is a focus on effectiveness - what types of finance are most needed, and how climate finance can be channelled and delivered in the most effective way? The international debate often lacks the important evidence of what is happening on the ground, and recommendations for future action are often made without significantly supported evidence of what the current situation is, what currently works and what doesn't work, and what needs to be addressed.