MDBs boost climate finance, but not for the most vulnerable

The Asian Development Bank partnered with China Gas and commercial banks to support access to renewable energy in areas not yet reached by natural gas pipelines in China, thereby improving the health of impacted communities and contributing to climate change mitigation. Where did multilateral development banks like ADB allocate their climate finance commitments in 2014? Photo by: ADB / CC BY-NC-ND

Climate deadlines are fast approaching but the world is still a long way from raising the $100 billion a year needed to help developing countries cope with the effects of climate change. Multilateral development banks play an important role in deploying scarce resources and leveraging more investments for climate action, but how much of these funds are going to the most vulnerable countries and regions?

The latest annual joint report on climate finance, released by six MDBs, revealed that the banks committed a combined $28.3 billion toward climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives in 2014, up 19 percent from the $23.8 billion they obligated the year before. The amount set aside for climate action constituted 22 percent of total MDB funds mobilized by the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank Group. Of the total amount, 91 percent came from the MDBs’ own resources while the rest was sourced from a mix of bilateral and multilateral instruments, including the Global Environment Facility and Climate Investment Funds.

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