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Inclusive and Nature-based Carbon Markets: A Path to Resilient Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM), where individuals, institutions, and corporations buy and sell carbon credits to offset their carbon emissions, is a promising way for vulnerable communities to access critical resources.

This new Opportunity Brief from the CIFAR Alliance explores how the VCM could be harnessed as a way to provide economic incentives for climate mitigation and adaptation in Africa, and to direct a greater share of the benefits to small land stewards, small project developers and, ultimately, smallholder farmers who have been excluded from it until now.

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CIFAR Alliance

October 2022

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CDC Emerging Economies Climate Report

A survey of senior management at businesses and investment funds, providing a clearer understanding of how private sector leaders in Africa and South Asia see climate change.

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CDC

October 2021

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

In this book Bill Gates presents what he learned in over a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address global warming and recommends strategies to tackle it.

Author:

Bill Gates

Feb 2021

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The Role of Digital Solutions in Addressing Climate Change

A report from the GSMA on the uses of mobile technologies to foster resilience

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The GSMA

Feb 2021

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Eradicating ‘extreme poverty would raise global emissions by less than 1% - Carbon Brief

The study, published in Nature Sustainability, highlights the global inequality in emissions between people in rich and poor countries.

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Carbon Brief

Feb 2022

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USAID Climate Strategy 2022-2030

This strategy guides USAID's humanitarian and development work through 2030 in a truly different way: by calling on all corners of USAID to play a part in the whole-of-Agency response.

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USAID

Apr 2022

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Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience

This report focuses on making the case for climate adaptation, providing specific insights and recommendations in key sectors: food security, the natural environment, water, cities and urban areas, infrastructure, disaster risk management, and finance. It is designed to inspire action among decision-makers, including heads of state and government officials, mayors, business executives, investors, and community leaders.

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Global Commission on Adaptation

Sep 2019

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Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is an ever-growing shared knowledge base aimed to enhance climate adaptation action by:
> Providing accurate, timely, and useful information for existing and future CAKE users.
> Increasing awareness of adaptation projects, options, practitioners, and resources.
> Engaging the broader community to develop the field of adaptation.

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Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

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How Can a Climate-Resilient Future Address Inequality?

This panel session explores how inequality can be addressed through climate resilience.

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The New York Times

May 2022

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Building Climate Resilience, What Can FSPs Do?

This webinar looks at how FSPs are approaching the issue of climate change with their clients. We hear from two MFIs on what they are currently doing to build climate resilience in clients, both through new financial products, such as livestock insurance, and adapting existing financial services to meet specific community needs.

Author:

FinDevGateway

Jun 2022

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Stories from End Users and Climate Resilience

BFA Global's blog spotlights the voices and perspectives of vulnerable populations by connecting their expressed experiences and worries with climate change vocabulary and narratives.

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BFA Global

Oct 2021

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A Blueprint for Digital Climate-Informed Advisory Services

This paper discusses the role of digital climate-informed advisory services in building the resilience of small-holder producers by 2030. It puts forth key principles for good practice, an estimation of the needed investment for scaling services and preliminary ideas for targeting these investments for reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized.

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World Resources Institute (WRI)

Jul 2021

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How Financial Services can Help the Poor in the Climate Transition

CGAP’s post and report describe their take on climate change. Lots of literature links for more in-depth reviews

Author:

Nicole Pasricha and Silvia Baur-Yazbeck, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

Dec 2020

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Fintech can Help Fill Climate Resilience Gaps

The blog highlights how fintech innovation can increase the agricultural sector's resiliency.

Author:

Ariel Cohen, Forbes

Sep 2022

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A billion of the world's most climate-vulnerable people live in informal settlements – here's what they face

The Conversation's post describes the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations in informal settlements and how institutions can help deliver adaptation to dwellers.

Author:

Peter H. Maltbie, The Conversation

Mar 2022

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Catalyst Fund’s Roundtable for Investors

Several concrete examples of startups working on fintech for resilience

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Catalyst Fund

Jun 2022

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Can you reach net zero by 2050?

See if you can save the planet from the worst effects of climate change

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The Financial Times

2022

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State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021

This report presents the most comprehensive overview of the present and future prospects for the African continent in the light of climate change

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Global Center on Adaptation

2021

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Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program

The AAAP focuses on four action areas (pillars) that collectively address Africa’s adaptation priorities, and are shaped to fit identified niches that provide key opportunities to drive adaptation through transformative and innovative action.

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Global Center on Adaptation

2021

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Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2022

The report identifies key thematic areas (one of them climate change), underpinning the vital role of good governance in achieving Africa’s economic and political transformation.

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Brookings Institution

2022

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Regenerative Agriculture: An opportunity for businesses and society to restore degraded land in Africa

This report identifies existing and potential benefits across the agricultural supply chain and broader society. The report draws on practical examples, academic reviews, and quantitative modeling to build a comprehensive picture of the business case for regenerative agriculture.

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Africa Regenerative Agriculture Study Group

2021

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Investor Climate Action Plans

This guide is designed to help investors include their climate action plans, or net zero transition plans, in CDP reporting, following the investor agenda’s ICAPs Expectations Ladder and Guidance.

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CDP

2022

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Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance

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Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance

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How Can Finance Help Address Our Dual Climate and Nature Crises?

This discussion paper explores the importance of nature in addressing climate change and the role of finance in supporting a nature-positive and net-zero economy. This is a critical issue to ensure finance can make a meaningful and proportional contribution to supporting the Paris Agreement

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Finance Sector Expert Group for Race to Zero and Race to Resilience (FSEG)

Nov 2021

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As PAYGo Moves Beyond Solar, Addressing Risks Can Ensure Impact

This blog post identifies real customer risks in the PAYGo sector that need to be addressed

Author:

Max Mattern and Alexander Sotiriou, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

Dec 2020

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In an Era of Urgent Climate Risk, Does Financial Inclusion Matter?

First Leadership Essay from the new CEO at CGAP

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Sophie Sirtaine and Claudia McKay, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

Jun 2022

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CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance

Includes encouraging growth in adaptation finance, even if it is still too low compared to mitigation finance

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Climate Policy Initiative

Dec 2021

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Wealthy countries still haven’t met their $100 billion pledge to help poor countries face climate change, and the risks are rising

Wealthy countries are under pressure to make good on their commitment to mobilize US$100 billion a year to help poorer countries deal with climate change

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Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, The Conversation

Feb 2022

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‘Climate entrepreneurs deserve fast capital’: Enduring Planet unwraps a new fintech platform

Enduring planet aims to deliver fast debt capital to startups and small businesses that focus on climate, such as by mitigating emissions or helping humanity adapt to the disastrous effects of burning fossil fuels.

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Harri Weber, TechCrunch

May 2022

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Learning from Our Past

Analysis of past “impact finance” waves and the trajectories they followed so we can learn from them as we seek to accelerate the climate finance ecosystem

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BFA Global

Oct 2021

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Cross-Cutting Themes for the Emergence of the DF4CR Ecosystem

A list of 7 themes and patterns we’ve observed as we were getting ready to launch DF4CR

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BFA Global

Oct 2021

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Investment Brief: The Opportunity in DF4CR

A set of investment theses in the nexus of climate and fintech

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BFA Global

Sep 2021

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Building an Ecosystem: Insights from Industry Leaders

A summary of the interviews with 30+ leaders

Author:

BFA Global

Aug 2021

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Catalyzing an Ecosystem

Barriers and opportunities for the main stakeholders

Author:

BFA Global

Jun 2021

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What is ReFi - Part I

Long but very complete post about mechanisms to leverage blockchain to finance and build a regenerative economy

Author:

John Ellison

Feb 2022

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Intro to DAOs & Collective Decision Making

This presentation talks about Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), and how they can be used in projects.

Author:

Jeff Emmett and Jessica Zartler, Commons Stack

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Learning to Navigate Resilience

GRP on advances in measuring resilience

Author:

Global Resilience Partnership

Aug 2021

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Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series

This report lays out the background and purpose of the Guidance Note (GN) series, introduces core concepts, and previews the content of the Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance series.

Author:

MercyCorps and USAID

2017

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Beyond Carbon Credits: A Blueprint For High-Quality Interventions That Work For People, Nature and Climate

This document sets out WWF’s views on implementing high-impact and high-quality nature-based solutions for climate mitigation from the perspective of the people and the places where they work, as a companion to WWF’s Blueprint for Corporate Action on Climate and Nature, which focuses on business- or demand-side integrity. It also discusses how funders and companies can contribute to nature-based solutions as an integral part of their broader climate strategies.

Author:

WWF International

Nov 2021

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Blueprint for Scaling Carbon Finance

The trading of carbon credits can help companies—and the world—meet ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Here is what it would take to strengthen voluntary carbon markets so they can support climate action on a large scale.

Author:

McKinsey

Jan 2021

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The Voluntary Carbon Market Explained

Each chapter of the publication explains one aspect of the VCM. The chapters can be read as standalone factsheets or be read together as part of a larger summary of the VCM.

Author:

Climate Focus

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Africa's great carbon valley -- and how to end energy poverty

Ted Talk with James Irungu Mwangi

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James Irungu Mwangi, TED

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Carbon Market Map: Meet the 75 companies helping to harness the benefits of regen ag

Voluntary carbon markets grasping the nettle of agriculture and establishing standards for soil programs.

Author:

AFN

May 2022

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Environmentalists join forces to fight ‘carbon bomb’ fossil fuel projects

Coalition of lawyers, journalists and campaigners challenge climate-busting mega projects exposed in Guardian investigation

Author:

Matthew Taylor, The Guardian

Jun 2022

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Why Are Nature-Based Solutions on Climate Being Overlooked?

Nature-based adaptation can simultaneously help meet the three great challenges of our time: responding to climate change, protecting biodiversity, and ensuring human well-being. But right now, the opportunities for delivering these synergies are still going begging.

Author:

Yale Environment

Apr 2022

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The Potential for Nature-Based Solutions Initiatives to Incorporate and Scale Climate Adaptation

This publication identifies key opportunities for Nature-Based Solutions initiatives to contribute to adaptation outcomes:

Author:

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Apr 2022

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The Voluntary Carbon Market: 8 things to know for 2022

From the South Pole, one of the leading carbon finance brokers in the world

Author:

South Pole

Feb 2022

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Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing

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ProPublica

May 2019

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The One Percent's Huge Carbon Footprint

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Statista

Feb 2022

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Giving (Carbon) Credit where it’s Due

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CTVC

Feb 2022

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High Quality Blue Carbon Principles and Guidance

This guidance identifies principles and guidelines specifically tailored to address the unique aspects of blue carbon. It also is intended to lay the groundwork for understanding key markers that can be used to evaluate the quality of projects.

Author:

Meridian Institute

June 2022

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Extreme heat around the world in videos, photos, and graphics

The article showcases how wildfires and glacier collapses are disrupting lives around the world

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The Guardian

Jul 2022

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Heat is killing us and the economy too

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The Atlantic Council

Sep 2021

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Today’s heatwaves are a warning of worse to come

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The Economist

Jul 2022

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Africa’s first Heat Officer faces a Daunting Task

Bloomberg on the challenges tackled by the CHO in Sierra Leone’s Freetown

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Bloomberg

Jan 2022

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Deploying distributed renewable energy to reduce the impacts of extreme heat on the urban poor

This brief explores the potential for distributed renewable energy (DRE) to
play an increased role in mitigating heat risk in large urban and peri-urban
settlements via its integration into passive and active cooling solutions.

Author:

The Atlantic Council

Oct 2021

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Project Drawdown adds 11 new Solutions

These solutions assess strategies for reducing greenhouse gases related to ocean resources, food production, methane management, and materials manufacturing and use.

Author:

Drawdown

June 2022

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Oceans are better at storing carbon than trees. In a warmer future, ocean carbon sinks could help stabilize our planet

Investigates how the continent formed and analyzes ancient environmental changes recorded in its sediments

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Physorg

Feb 2022

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Kigali summit to outline a strategy for nature conservation in Africa

The gathering will outline long-term strategies to halt and reverse the rapid loss of species and habitats in Africa’s more than 8,500 protected areas, covering 14% of land and 17% of its marine area.

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The Guardian

July 2022

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Kenya launches 2050 Calculator to advance climate change mitigation

KCERT 2050 is designed to help policymakers, energy producers and consumers (including the public) in Kenya to understand the energy and emissions-related choices they are making, providing a platform for engaging in dialogues on the challenges and opportunities of the future energy system and the responses to climate change.

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Imperial College London

July 2022

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The World Bank Group’s Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs)

New core diagnostic reports that integrate climate change and development considerations, July 2022.

Author:

The World Bank

July 2022