Post-Bali: It’s Crunch Time! – Report of the 6th GCF Board Meeting

April 18, 2014 - The 6th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Bali from February 19 – February 21, 2014 was meant to propel the new Fund toward full operationalization by year’s end. After Bali, however, this tightly timed goal is in peril. For the GCF Board it is now crunch time to deliver at its May meeting.


Liane Schalatek more»

Policy Paper

Taking a Gender-Sensitive Approach in the Green Climate Fund to the next Level: Recommendations for the 6th GCF Board Meeting

- February 18, 2014 - When the Board of the Green Climate Fund meets in Bali, Indonesia from February 19-21, the GCF’s mandated “gender-sensitive approach” is finally full-fledged on the agenda – and no longer treated under “any other business”.  This policy analysis by Elizabeth Eggert (UNDP) and Liane Schalatek looks at options to integrate gender considerations into the operational modalities up for discussion and decision in Bali.




After COP 19 in Warsaw – Checkmate for International Climate Politics

- December 6, 2013 - New hopes for a legally binding global climate regime were dimmed when the recent UN climate conference in Warsaw, the COP with the lowest expectations ever, lived up to it in every respect.  A post-Warsaw analysis Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek, Katarzyna Ugryn, and Wanun Permpibul more»


10 Things to Know about Climate Finance in 2013

- December 3, 2013 - A series of graphs highlights the ten most noteworthy insights from monitoring dedicated public climate finance flows on the joint Böll-ODI website project Climate Funds Update (CFU).  more»

Brief Series

Climate Finance Fundamentals - 2013 Update

- November 8, 2013 -

In time for COP 19 in Warsaw (Poland), this series of 11 short introductory briefings, written in co-operation with the Overseas Development Institute, has been updated to reflect the latest data available on, the tracking project of ODI/hbf of dedicated climate financing instruments from pledge to project.

Smita Nakhooda, Liane Schalatek, Alice Caravani, Sam Barnard, Charlene Watson, Aidy Halimanjaya, Will McFarland, Neil Bird, Nella Canales Trujillo more»

Policy Paper

Making Progress toward a Gender-Sensitive Approach in the Green Climate Fund: Recommendations for the 5th Meeting of the GCF Board

- October 7, 2013 - As the Board of the Green Climate Fund meets in Paris from October 7-10 with a long agenda and the urgency to move ahead with far-reaching decisions, it is crucial that the mandate of the Governing Instrument's for the GCF to follow "a gender-sensitive approach" is considered in the context of the policies waiting for for the Board's approval. See a joint policy brief by the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America and the climate finance working group of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance. more»

Policy Paper

Difficult Decisions - Deferred? The 4th Green Climate Fund Board Meeting wrestles with the Fund's Business Model and selects its new Executive Director

- August 7, 2013 - At its recent meeting in Songdo, South Korea, the GCF Board was faced with a number of ambitious decisions on the Business Model Framework for the Fund, with disagreements about the involvement of the private sector, access of countries to the Fund and what financial instruments to employ.  Board members were able to agree on Heda Cheikhrouhou from the African Development Bank as the new Executive Director for the Fund's Secretariat.  Liane Schalatek more»

Policy Paper

Decision Time? The Fourth Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund focuses on the Fund’s Business Model and its new Executive Director

- June 21, 2013 - When the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) convenes for its fourth meeting from June 25-28, 2013 in Songdo, South Korea, the discourse on the Business Model Framework (BMF) for the Fund will dominate the meeting agenda. Also on the agenda is the selection of the new Executive Director for its Independent Secretariat.


Liane Schalatek more»


Operationalizing a Gender-Sensitive Approach in the Green Climate Fund

- June 20, 2013 - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has a mandate to fund mitigation and adaption action in developing countries while "taking a gender-sensitive approach."  With the Fund Board set to discuss and decide the vision, objectives and business model for the Fund, this paper makes a case for mainstreaming gender into the processes and financing of the GCF in conjunction with these decisions.  by Liane Schalatek and Katya Burns, edited by Gail Karlsson and Ana Rojas more»
Climate Finance and Markets


New IPS-Boell Website on Climate Finance and Private Sector Intersection

- April 22, 2013 - A new website,, a collaborative project of the Institute for Policy Studies and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, is now online. It offers as a platform for climate activists and advocates who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the current debates about the roles of public institutions and the private sector in energy and climate-related finance, and their intersection.  more»
The Third Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board


Setting the Course: The Third Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board Lays Groundwork for Key Decisions Later this Year

- April 5, 2013 - At their third meeting from March 12 - 15 in Berlin, the Board of the Green Climate Fund laid the groundwork for some of the most important decisions it will have to make for the Fund's future in the remaining two Board meetings this year so that the Fund can propel the paradigm shift to low-emission, climate-resilient and gender-responsive sustainable development in recipient countries.  Liane Schalatek more»

Policy Paper

The "Doha Climate Gateway": Will the camel go through the eye of the needle?

- December 19, 2012 - Expectations for the climate summit in Doha were so low that it is quite remarkable that the meager results still managed to fall short of them. The UN climate talks appear to have a recurring theme: The process was saved, unfortunately the climate wasn't. Did Doha move us even the tiniest step forward ?  Lili Fuhr and Liane Schalatek more»

Policy Paper

Inching Forward: the Second Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board and the Nitty-Gritty of GCF Operationalization

- November 21, 2012 -

The Board of the Green Climate Fund met for the second time in Songdo, South Korea from October 18 – 20, 2012.  With board members having  to tackle the nitty-gritty work of operationalizing the Fund by early 2014 now in earnest, the selection of South Korea as the host country for the GCF was the most concrete outcome of the three day board meeting.

Liane Schalatek more»

Policy Paper

Climate Finance for the Middle East and North Africa: Confronting the Challenges of Climate Change

- November 21, 2012 - Responding to climate change presents challenges for the oil dependent and water stressed countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), but also opportunities to forge new paths to more inclusive and effective development. This brief considers the scope and objectives of dedicated public finance directed to the region, drawing on Climate Funds Update data.  Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani and Prachi Seth, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America more»

Policy Paper

Taking Charge: Summary of first Green Climate Fund Board Meeting

- September 17, 2012 - At its historic first meeting from August 23-25 in Geneva, the 24 members of the new Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) officially took charge, eager to decide the direction of the Fund and regain momentum as the Board begins the complex and ambitious work of fully operationalizing the GCF by early 2014. Liane Schalatek more»

Policy paper

The Practical Challenges of Monitoring Climate Finance: Insights from Climate Funds Update

- May 17, 2012 - The international community is focusing increasing attention on the need for more informatioon and transparency on climate finance. This brief reflects on the practical experience of monitoring climate finance from Climate Funds Update (CFU), a joint initiative of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Overseas Development Institute.  Charlene Watson, Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani and Liane Schalatek more»


The Complex Web of Climate Finance Decisions in Durban

- November 28, 2011 - By some counts no less than eight distinct climate finance decisions are expected at COP 17 in Durban, making the climate finance cluster one of the most crucial ones to address in South Africa. Solving the complex web of interlocking climate finance decisions in Durban also holds the key to unlocking progress in other areas, as this commentary explains. more»

Policy Paper

REDD+ Finance Delivery: Lessons from Early Experience

- November 28, 2011 -

International funding for reductions of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as well as for forest conservation (REDD+) has dramatically increased over the past few years. This ODI/Boell Foundation policy brief looks at lessons from the early experience, the challenges that finance delivery and implementation face and discusses some policy options for improvement.

Anna Creed and Smita Nakhooda more»


Climate Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

- November 23, 2011 - Sub-Sahara Africa as a region already has been hit hardest by climate change, yet so far has received little of the financial resources it needs to adapt and cope with climate change impacts. This policy brief looks at the state of play of climate finance delivery to the continent, discusses the role of important actors in the region and addresses the problems that hamper a more equitable and effective climate finance delivery to the region. Smita Nakhooda, Liane Schalatek, Neil Bird and Alice Caravani more»


Ready to be Africa’s Climate Bank?

- November 22, 2011 -

In early 2011, the African Development Bank (AfDB) indicated its intention to establish and manage an Africa Green Fund to support African states that individually lack the knowledge and technology to secure needed global climate funds. This mapping study evaluates the AfDB's actual track record on sectors and initiatives related to climate change as a clue to the Bank’s suitability to manage any future infusions of funds to address climate change in Africa.

Lindlyn Tamufor, Joshua Klemm and Liane Schalatek more»


No Romance. Mobilizing Climate Finance for Africa

- November 15, 2011 - Climate finance has recently become a subject of profound interest to the global debates on climate change. At this year’s 17th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban, climate finance is expected to feature prominently. This being the “African COP”, we hope that the African perspective on climate finance will receive the attention it deserves. Richard Calland, Nancy Dubosse, Mohamed Nasr, Liane Schalatek, Sam R. Davidson, Oscar Reyes, Déthié S. Ndiaye and Webster Whande more»
Draft documents of the 3rd Meeting of the Transitional Committee in Geneva

Policy Paper

The Design Process for the Green Climate Fund: Lots of Disagreement, Little Time

- September 19, 2011 - With three out of four scheduled meetings of the Transitional Committee tasked with designing the new Green Climate Fund now completed after the recent meeting in Geneva, severe differences remain between the 25 developing countries and the 15 developed countries about form and functions of the Fund. The road to Durban remains bumpy, and TC members have little time to cover a lot of distance. Liane Schalatek more»


From Scoping Options to Decision-Making - The Work of the Transitional Committee Going Forward

- July 25, 2011 - Half way through the work of the Transitional Committee (TC), the 40-member body tasked by the COP 16 in Cancun to design the new Green Climate Fund (GCF) for approval by the Durban COP, member countries at their recent second meeting in Tokyo  focused on further clarifying important points of convergence and divergence among countries. Many of these, though clearly not all, ran largely along a contributor county-recipient country dividing line. Liane Schalatek more»


Funding the Energy Transformation at Home AND Abroad!

- July 5, 2011 - Observed around the world with varying degrees of curiosity, high expectations and hopes, skepticism, potential good will or schadenfreude, Germany has embarked on probably the furthest reaching energy transformation of any industrialized country by its recent government decision  to phase out nuclear energy by 2022. Liane Schalatek more»


A Tentative Start for the Transitional Committee

- May 3, 2011 -

Global negotiators and observers met for two days in Mexico City at the end of April to start their work of designing the future Green Climate Fund. This first analysis by Liane Schalatek describes options for and potential obstacles to the process. 

Liane Schalatek more»


A Matter of Principle(s) - Post-Cancun Update

- November 12, 2010 - This paper takes a close look at the status quo of public climate change finance post-Cancun and proposes the use of existing core principles and tools of international environmental law and human rights as the fundamental conceptual guide. Liane Schalatek more»


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