IUCN review of gender considerations in Climate Investment Funds

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) are a unique set of financing instruments that support developing countries in achieving ‘climate-smart’ development. Through two distinct funds implemented by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) the CIF support developing countries’ efforts to mitigate and manage the challenges of climate change.

Women in developing countries play a key role in helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change, yet their voice is hardly heard in discussions on climate change.

In early 2013, IUCN’s Global Gender Office completed the Gender Review of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), which was commissioned by the CIF Administrative Unit itself and benefited from the input of the MDBs which implement CIF projects.

The analysis began with a gender analysis of CIF projects and programs, which fall under the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR), the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP), and the Forest Investment Program (FIP). It also included interviews with those involved in CIF implementation and funding, and consultations with experts in the wind, oil, gas, energy, and finance arenas.

In the course of the review, it became clear that there have been concerted efforts at various levels towards including gender considerations in the CIF. A positive trend that has emerged since 2010 is that pilot countries and the CIF have been learning over time to improve reporting and the inclusion of gender. While the PPCR projects overall showed a stronger understanding of gender implications, due to existing knowledge on the links between gender and climate change adaptation, the Review found a need to build knowledge and practice in the area of gender and mitigation. The latter offers a unique platform to move away from the notion that women are victims to an understanding that women are agents of change, capable of significantly strengthening our efforts on climate change.

The findings of the Review are available here.

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