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Call for contributions: Debating Climate Finance – Funding Mitigation, Adaptation and Loss and Damage

3 min


GlobalDev Team

Climate change is happening globally, but the countries and people least responsible and resourceful are affected disproportionately. A future where we do not cross the 1.5 ˚C threshold is still within reach, but it requires transformational change and drastic investment in mitigation. Additionally, more support must reach vulnerable communities to help them adapt to the already changing climate. Climate Finance is traditionally understood as local, national or transnational financing, coming from public, private and alternative sources, which seeks to support mitigation and adaptation to climate change. However, with climate change impacts already more widespread and severe than expected, there is an urgent requirement to step up funding to address manifested losses and damages. 

To contribute to this debate, GlobalDev is partnering with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) and LUCCC/START. We seek to bring to the fore not so much advocacy positions or policy options, but the sound and critical knowledge researchers have generated on all questions of climate finance, with the goal to illuminate foreseeable policy deliberation and ongoing public debates with the best possible evidence.

We invite you to draw on both your research and the research you have access to, to write a blog about the topic of funding mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage. Blog posts should be around 800 words with a focus on any of the following key points (the list is indicative and not exhaustive):

  • Are the climate finance negotiations structured in a constructive way? What is impeding success and how can the process be improved?
  • Does financing mitigation differ from financing adaptation? In what ways and with what implications?
  • Can the climate finance gap be estimated? What are the different ways to do so, with what implications?   
  • What are the possible timeframes for climate finance?
  • What role is the private sector playing within climate finance? What further role can it play?
  • How can access to climate finance be improved for vulnerable communities and countries?
  • How does the global debate on climate finance look from the LDCs’ standpoint? 
  • What are innovative sources for climate, and loss and damage, finance and how can they be accessed?
  • How can loss and damage finance reach scale without decreasing climate finance?
  • How do climate and loss and damage finance differ and what do they have in common? 
  • What are ways to count finance for loss and damage finance?

GlobalDev looks for accessible contributions that make use of existing research to throw light on some of the most urgent policy challenges facing the world today. We do not publish extended abstracts of single research publications, highly technical content, or op-ed styled contributions. We ask you to discuss and hyperlink as many research sources as appropriate to illuminate the policy challenge you decide to frame your contribution around.

This blog series is organized in partnership with UNU-EHS and LUCCC/START. 

Drafts will be reviewed by a dedicated editorial panel comprising of GlobalDev’s Founding Editors and Sönke Kreft, Chief Climate Risk Strategist at UNU-EHS and Executive Director at MCII. 

Arianna Flores Corral, Communications Analyst at UNU-EHS, and Magdalena Mirwald, Project Associate at UNU-EHS and MCII will join the GlobalDev editorial team for the coordination of the debate.

Please read our style guide before writing and submit your article through our ‘Write for Us’ page. All questions should be submitted to 

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