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Using climate finance to advance climate justice: the politics and practice of channelling resources to the local level

Colenbrander, S; Dodman, D; Mitlin, D; (2018) Using climate finance to advance climate justice: the politics and practice of channelling resources to the local level. Climate Policy , 18 (7) pp. 902-915. 10.1080/14693062.2017.1388212. Green open access

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Abstract

Adaptation finance is primarily allocated to multilateral entities and national governments, rather than local organisations. This means that some of the same social, political and economic processes that create and sustain inequalities within a country will be the same processes that determine how adaptation finance is used. Using an urban lens, we consider the obstacles currently faced by local governments and local civil society groups in accessing adaptation finance, and show that these are a function of systemic power imbalances between levels of government, and between government and vulnerable communities. We argue that even relatively small amounts of adaptation finance could have a catalytic effect on the capacities and impacts of local organisations, contributing to greater levels of both distributive and procedural justice. We analyse different financial intermediaries and planning systems that could be used to make disbursements from multilateral climate funds fairer and more effective. This could potentially create political opportunities both to respond to direct climate threats and to address underlying drivers of vulnerability, such as marginalisation and exclusion. In this way, channelling adaptation finance to the local level could deliver more just processes and outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: Using climate finance to advance climate justice: the politics and practice of channelling resources to the local level
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2017.1388212
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2017.1388212
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069279
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