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Advancing innovative climate solutions for vulnerable people and the planet


The CIFAR Alliance (Climate Innovation for Adaptation and Resilience Alliance) is dedicated to advancing innovative climate solutions for vulnerable people and the planet. We are committed to promoting equity and inclusivity by addressing the needs of those who are most affected by climate change, focused on low-income populations.

Read our statement of purpose here.

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The CIFAR Alliance, coordinated by BFA Global and made possible by financial support from PayPal, convened experts from UNCDF’s Better Than Cash Alliance, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, PayPal, the United Nations’ Race To Resilience, and World Resources Institute to understand the opportunity for digital finance and fintech to power climate resilience. Access the Framework for Action here.

The Alliance maintains an online repository of key resources focused on climate resilience innovation to assist our community with learning more about this growing challenge and opportunity areas.

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Find all of the latest updates regarding our publications, events, and other announcements on our News page.


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CIFAR is pronounced "see far", reflecting our vision to anticipate and build resilience to long-term challenges

"Around 400 million years ago, some fish began leaving the water and adapting to life on land. In open air, these pioneers—our ancestors—could see over much longer distances than they could in water. Scientists think that this change spurred the evolution of advanced mental abilities, like planning and strategic thinking. Instead of simply reacting to whatever was directly in front of them, they could be proactive. By seeing farther, they could think ahead and expand their minds."

From An Immense World, by Ed Yong

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H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)

“Digital financial services have significant potential to help households and businesses protect against and manage climate risks.. we urgently need more solutions that can scale. I welcome the Digital Finance for Climate Resilience Framework for Action to rally innovators, providers, and investors, as well as to accelerate the development of much-needed innovations in this sector.”

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