The Practical Challenges of Monitoring Climate Finance: Insights from Climate Funds Update

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The Practical Challenges of Monitoring Climate Finance: Insights from Climate Funds Update

Climate Finance Policy Brief

May 17, 2012
Charlene Watson, Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani and Liane Schalatek

The international community is focusing increasing attention on the need for more information and transparency on climate finance. Much of this interest has emerged in the context of developed country pledges to mobilise USD 100 billion in climate finance, per year, by 2020 under the UNFCCC. Increased monitoring of climate finance is essential to ascertain whether countries are on track to meet such commitments. Furthermore, there is agreement that climate finance should be mobilised in a context of mutual accountability. To this end, there has been agreement that developed countries’ efforts on mitigation and finance should be "comparable, transparent and accurate."

This brief reflects on the practical experience of monitoring climate finance from Climate Funds Update (CFU), a joint website tracking initiative of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), established to increase the transparency of climate finance flows. CFU was launched in 2009 and seeks to monitor 22 dedicated public climate change finance initiatives from the point when donors pledge funding, through to the actual disbursement of climate finance. This brief highlights and makes the case for a focus on public finance, before considering the adequacy of information available, drawing on the CFU experience. It concludes by suggesting key priority areas for efforts to harmonise climate finance reporting such as increasing the comparability of information available and avoiding double-counting as well as the provision of information on the implementation of projects and programs throughtout their life cycle.

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