BRokering Innovation for Decentralized climate finance and Gender Equality (BRIDGE)
Currently, climate finance does not flow at the local level, where it is needed most and where the impacts of climate change are most acutely felt and dealt with. Rather, most adaptation funding is channelled to national governments, with city-level governments and the vulnerable communities they serve often being excluded from the financing process.
This project will improve access by subnational stakeholders (municipalities and partners) to finance for locally led and gender-responsive climate change adaptation action in Cameroon, with learnings scaled to the central African region and beyond. The project will address knowledge-to-action gaps by strengthening knowledge brokers and their networks in moving from talk to action, and by generating and integrating the knowledge needed to unlock financing. In doing so, the project will contribute to reducing the vulnerability of marginalized communities in Cameroon and the region, by ensuring that interventions are implemented in ways that empower local stakeholders, especially women.
Desktop and participatory mapping and analysis will help determine how to alter the current finance landscape. Co-developed tools and interactive sessions will strengthen the capacity of knowledge brokers. Learning labs will foster inclusive dialogue and enable the co-design of inclusive solutions to unlocking climate finance for locally led actions.
This project is part of the Step Change initiative, co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and IDRC. Step Change is a five-year, CAD28.5-million initiative that aims to accelerate equitable and inclusive locally led adaptation.