Making Climate Finance Work for Women

Publication | September 2014

The paper highlights the need and demand for mitigation measures that tap women’s potential to contribute to emissions reductions and sustainable development.

Key messages

  • Women possess an extraordinary—and often underappreciated—potential to contribute to climate change mitigation and resource management.
  • Until recently, initiatives to empower women as agents of change have remained woefully neglected in climate policy and finance circles.
  • High transaction costs and gender biases hinder small-scale, bottom-up project development and access to finance, despite the significant social development and mitigation impacts of these projects.
  • Links between gender and climate change are nonetheless gaining greater recognition. As a result, international policy makers are demanding inclusive and gender-sensitive approaches that demonstrate how climate finance can be channeled to achieve a greater impact.
  • An enabling environment that can support a policy dialogue, capacity development, and pilot projects will be critical to this inclusive approach and making climate finance work for women.
  • Climate finance accountability is needed through development of a systematic and ambitious approach to auditing the gender responsiveness of climate projects and financial flows.
  • Now is the time to seize the momentum to make truly inclusive mitigation action a reality.


  • Introduction
  • Making the Connection between Climate Finance and Gender Equity
  • Momentum for Change - The International Climate Policy Stage
  • The Climate Finance Landscape - Funding Inclusive Mitigation Action
  • Answering the Call - Making Climate Finance Work for Women

Additional Details

  • Climate change
  • Gender Equality
  • 8.5 x 11
  • ARM146800-2

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