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Country experiences with decentralised climate finance: early outcomes

Research report

Written by Adriana Quevedo, Neil Bird

Research report

This Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters Programme (BRACED) research study explores whether public investments made by government-led climate funds in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali and Senegal are building climate resilience that responds to locally determined priorities. The climate fund in Ethiopia is a centralised, national fund, whereas in Kenya, Mali and Senegal public funding is delivered through decentralised finance mechanism, which are the same in design.

With a focus on the principles of effectiveness and equity, the evaluation of a small sample of investments in each country has allowed an exploration of three questions:

  • How is climate resilience being defined and measured at the national and sub-national levels?
  • What outcomes have been achieved from climate finance investments, and what can be learnt?
  • To what extent does the level of government involved in the investment decision-making process affect the outcomes of activities that aim to strengthen climate resilience?
Adriana Quevedo, Neil Bird, Aklilu Amsalu, Florence Crick, Achiba Gargule, Omeno Suji