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We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big. 

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  • Policy implications and lessons learned: The Political Economy of Disaster Risk Financing

    Taylor, Olivia (Practical Action Consulting, 2022-06-08)
    This briefing note is based on PhD research that provided a policy and political economy analysis of pre-agreed, more anticipatory disaster financing. It summarises key findings and recommendations for practitioners in the field.
  • PA IATI Activity Q4 2021/22 v4

    Anderson, Chris
    PA IATI Activity Q4 2021/22 v4
  • The Loss and Damage Finance Facility: Why and How Executive Summary

    Sharma-Khushal, Sindra; Schalatek, Liane; Singh, Harjeet; White, Heidi (CAN InternationalPractical Action, United Kingdom, 2022)
    We are in the era of Loss and Damage (L&D). The hard limits to adaptation are being realised and the scale of the challenge ahead is significant as impacts of climate change are greater than previously expected. At the climate change conference, COP26, the negotiating bloc G77 & China proposed a solution to the gap in finance available to address their needs in the form of a L&D Finance Facility (LDFF). However, agreement could not be secured for the LDFF’s establishment or a process to do so. Instead, the Glasgow Dialogue (GD) was established which presently remains to be defined with clear milestones and outcomes. The objective of this executive summary is to contribute to achieving the establishment and operationalization of an LDFF that delivers on the needs of developing countries at speed and scale by explaining the why and how. For more details and in depth recommendation see the full report with the same title.
  • The Loss and Damage Finance Facility: Why and How

    Sharma-Khushal, Sindra; Schalatek, Liane; Singh, Harjeet; White, Heidi (CAN InternationalPractical Action, United Kingdom, 2022)
    We are in the era of Loss and Damage (L&D). The hard limits to adaptation are being realised and the scale of the challenge ahead is significant as impacts of climate change are greater than previously expected. At the climate change conference, COP26, the negotiating bloc G77 & China proposed a solution to the gap in finance available to address their needs in the form of a L&D Finance Facility (LDFF). However, agreement could not be secured for the LDFF’s establishment or a process to do so. Instead, the Glasgow Dialogue (GD) was established which presently remains to be defined with clear milestones and outcomes. The objective of this paper is to contribute to achieving the establishment and operationalization of an LDFF that delivers on the needs of developing countries at speed and scale by explaining the why and how. The paper explains why the LDFF is necessary before turning to an analysis of the governing arrangements and core operational functions for the LDFF. Scenarios that elucidate the potential transformative value of the LDFF are described before the paper concludes with recommendations and a way forward to COP27 and beyond with the GD delivering concrete actions.
  • Systems Evaluation Learning Brief, RE4R

    Gupta, Taruna; Chaplowe, Scott
    The purpose of this Learning Brief is to share key lessons to inform future efforts to effect systems-level change in humanitarian response seeking to create positive transformational change.

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