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Greening Governance Seminar Series: Making it Count: Accountability in Climate Finance

Join us for a lively discussion with civil society actors from Uganda and the Philippines to learn how they are advancing effective, equitable adaptation finance systems to build resilience in a changing climate.

Join the conversation: #GreeningGovernance, #AccelerateAdaptation, #climateresilience, #climatefinance

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Adequately addressing climate change poses one of the greatest financial challenges for the foreseeable future. While international financial resources are being channeled into both mitigation and adaptation projects, resources for adaptation ($22 billion in 2016) are nowhere near the projected costs of adapting to climate change impacts ($140-$300 billion annually by 2030).

And it’s not just the amount of finance but also its quality, who it reaches, and for what purposes. It is critical to include communities and civil society organizations (CSO) in developing climate finance tracking systems and determining which projects are the most necessary for communities. CSOs can help ensure that public decisions and financial resources address climate-related priorities, challenges and those in greatest need of assistance.


  • Nisha Krishnan, Climate Finance Associate, Climate Resilience Practice, WRI (Introduction, moderator)
  • Delaine McCullough, Head, Climate Finance Accountability, International Budget Partnership
  • Siragi Magara Luyama, Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group, Uganda
  • Kairos Dela Cruz, Associate, Climate Policy, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Philippines

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About the Series

WRI's Greening Governance Seminar Series bridges the divide between the governance and environmental communities to identify solutions that benefit people and the planet.

  • Why do some environmental policies succeed in one country but fail in another?
  • What will it take to transform the Paris Agreement’s ambitious commitments into actionable policies?
  • How can decision-makers engage a range of stakeholders, from average citizens to Fortune 500 companies, to build support for policies that protect natural resources and the communities that depend on them?
  • How can governments sustain this environmental action across election cycles?

Many of the answers to these questions are, at heart, issues of governance.

Increasing public participation in environmental decision-making can deepen civil society’s commitment to climate change mitigation and yield more equitable, effective policies. Enhancing government transparency equips communities with the information that they need to engage in these policy-making processes. Strengthening accountability frameworks helps ensure that governments make progress on their Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets. In short, good governance can improve climate and environmental outcomes.

Yet the governance and climate communities continue to work in silos, conducting research and implementing programs that remain largely divorced from one another.

WRI’s Greening Governance Seminar Series seeks to bridge this divide by bringing together leading experts from both fields to discuss the intersection of their work, the most pressing environmental governance issues at hand, and solutions that benefit people and the planet.

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