This Week: Forging Responsible Partnerships and Getting the Most out of Climate Finance

What better time of year than the holidays to figure out how to forge more meaningful partnerships?  Since NGOs are increasingly interested in collaborating with companies that can help further their missions, DevEx lays out seven tips to make NGO-business partnerships work, including co-designing programs, encouraging company employees to volunteer and contributing in-kind goods.  The UN’s Initiative for Business Leadership on Climate Change, or Caring for Climate, is an example of such a partnership that aims to bring about innovation and long-term investments in market solutions to climate change.  This initiative recently released a guide for responsible corporate engagement in climate policy.  Some companies in the Caring for Climate Initiative have also committed to additional transparency and disclosure with regard to climate finance.

As the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP-20 gets off to a start in Lima, Peru this week, we will be watching for not only international but also local solutions to climate change.  For those whose livelihoods are already being hurt by climate change, and especially to vulnerable minorities and women, there is no time to wait for a political consensus.  Global Greengrants Fund CEO Teresa Odendahl advocates for small-scale grants that can support local groups on the frontlines of climate change.

Aleta Baun

Aleta Baun (pictured above) won a Goldman environmental prize in 2013 after leading protests that forced mining firms out of forests in West Timor, Indonesia. Photograph: Courtesy of Goldman Prize/The Guardian

More complex funding schemes also risk greater corruption.  Transparency International is working to monitor climate finance through their international Climate Governance Integrity Programme.  The first step of ensuring that climate finance is getting to where it is intended to go is to make this information publicly available.  Greater transparency and accountability are critical to the success of any climate agreement.

Unpredictable weather patterns, drought, and resulting food insecurity will also likely be important topics of this week’s climate negotiations.  The World Food Programme views hunger as “the center of climate change discussions.”  One food policy scholar says that global hunger and food security are the biggest challenges we face and will be for decades to come.  Read the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Thanksgiving wrap-up of articles on agriculture and food security here.

For a bit brighter news, check out these data science trends on what people in the U.S. are most thankful for, according to their Facebook posts.

Project Pulse: Project in Focus

PiF #9

Today we are featuring the ninth Project in Focus of the Project Pulse series: The Roshan Cellular Communications Project. This program was initiated by the Government of Afghanistan and funded by the Asian Development Bank to expand Afghanistan’s mobile communications network.  The third phase of this project in particular aims to improve inclusive economic growth by expanding mobile communications beyond urban areas.


Katie Paulson-Smith is the Special Assistant to AidData's Co-Executive Director and based at the College of William & Mary.

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