With the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the international community has a historic opportunity to get climate finance right. Civil society groups have been clear about the kinds of adaptation and mitigation projects they don’t want the GCF to finance in developing countries. First and foremost, they don’t want money going towards the types of fossil fuel projects that have contributed to climate disruption and other negative environmental and social impacts in the past. But the question of what the GCF should support has received considerably less attention.
Fortunately, there are many positive examples to learn from. This report presents 22 climate-related projects, programs, and policies that organizations from the Global South and North have identified as successful. These examples are drawn from large and small developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and are organized into four categories: adaptation, agro-ecology, adaptation/mitigation hybrids, and mitigation.