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23 April 2024

Do we need a common definition of climate finance? It depends who you ask

The diversity of climate finance definitions makes it difficult to know how much donors have truly spent, undermining accountability. As parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopt a New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance in 2024, they must agree on what should count towards it.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

22 April 2024

The conundrum of climate financing: Where is the money?

How can we ensure impactful climate action, mobilising greater funding for low-income and climate vulnerable economies, without compromising pathways for prosperity?

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Delivery, Quality & Impact Lead

18 April 2024

Japan and the US offset EU aid squeeze in 2023, but the outlook on aid is poor

New data shows an overall increase in aid in 2023, notably from Japan and the US, but forthcoming cuts from Germany and France may be a sign of worse to come.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

28 March 2024

The missing data of older women

DI's Claudia Wells considers the intersectional impact of age and gender. How can data ecosystems inspire inclusion by revealing the true power of older women?

Written by Claudia Wells

Director of Data & Evidence

13 March 2024

Opinion: Gender equality funding data is a mess. How do we fix it?

In this blog, four development actors advocate for a multistakeholder convening to review, discuss, and then resolve the leading gender equality funding data issues.

Written by Fionna Smyth

Director of Influence & Growth

11 March 2024

Gender equality and climate adaptation: closing the data gap

New analysis from Development Initiatives shows there are challenges tracking investment in gender-responsive climate finance, with only 0.1% of total bilateral DAC ODA going to projects specifically targeting climate adaptation and gender.

Written by Fionna Smyth

Director of Influence & Growth

1 March 2024

Missing baselines: have recent increases in climate finance been exaggerated?

To what extent might increases in climate finance since 2009 be due to changes in reporting practices? We used a natural language processing model and backcast the results to find out.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

23 January 2024

What the OECD’s latest data tells us about global aid in 2022

What does the OECD DAC's latest aid data show about the disbursement of ODA in 2022? This blog discusses some of the trends shown by the data, including top recipients, ODA to LDCs and the increasing cost of loans.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

13 December 2023

Three reasons why refugee-led organisations need to be front and centre at this Global Refugee Forum

Excluding refugee-led organisations (RLOs) from the formal refugee response is a lose-lose. Organisations led by refugees play a critical role in the lives of displaced communities. But they have been underfunded and overlooked by the international community for years.

Written by

Caitlin Sturridge, Fran Girling-Morris, Maysa Ismael, Amy Croome