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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

11 December 2023

What does limited progress at COP28 mean for Africa?

From COP28, DI’s Martha Bekele reflects on the unfairness of those who have little to do with emissions shouldering the effects of climate change and struggling with the costs the system imposes

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Delivery, Quality & Impact Lead

4 December 2023

How can AI be used to improve predictions of humanitarian need?

We used machine learning to project the possible impacts of different climate change scenarios on humanitarian need. What might the future hold?

Written by Alex Miller

Senior Data Scientist

1 December 2023

Is climate finance wrongly reported by over a billion dollars per year?

We used AI to assess how the World Bank and the UK are recording climate funds. Our model identifies one in five of the Bank's projects as appearing suspicious and warranting further investigation, compared with the UK's one in 50.

Written by Alex Miller

Senior Data Scientist

29 November 2023

When the data doesn’t tell the full story: improving gender-responsive climate finance

How can we change the climate finance system to improve accountability and ensure that decisions and policies learn from the insights of women on the front line of the climate crisis?

Written by Mariam Ibrahim

Growth & Partnerships Lead

14 September 2023

How much has the UK spent towards its £11.6 billion climate finance commitment?

This blog explores data on the UK's climate finance spending and finds the government is likely to fall short of its 2026 commitment.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

4 September 2023

Africa can contribute, Africa must benefit and Africans must decide on financing to tackle the climate crisis

As Africa Climate week kicks off, can the emerging idea of Global Public Investment bring about the truly global and collective approach to financing we need to tackle the biggest threat facing our world?

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Delivery, Quality & Impact Lead

11 July 2023

Mind the gaps between gender equality and environmental sustainability

DI’s Hayley Lelourec highlights where action is needed: gender mainstreaming in environmental policy, addressing knowledge gaps and funding to local, women-led organisations.

Written by Hayley Lelourec

Policy & Engagement Advisor