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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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BRokering Innovation for Decentralised climate finance & Gender Equality

What we are doing

Currently, climate finance does not flow to where it is needed most, where the impacts of climate change are most acutely felt and dealt with: the local level. Rather, the majority of adaptation funding is channelled to/via national governments, with city governments and the vulnerable communities they serve often being excluded from the financing processes. BRokering Innovation for Decentralised climate finance & Gender Equality (BRIDGE) intends to address this challenge by improving access by subnational stakeholders (municipalities and partners) to appropriate finance for locally-led and gender-responsive climate change adaptation action in Cameroon, with learnings scaled to the central Africa region and beyond. The project will address knowledge-to-action gaps by strengthening and capacitating relevant knowledge brokers and their networks in moving from talk to action, by generating and integrating the knowledge needed to unlock finance for gender-responsive and inclusive locally led adaptation. In doing so, the project aims to contribute to reducing the vulnerability of marginalized communities in Cameroon and the region, by ensuring that context- and community-appropriate interventions are implemented in ways that empower local stakeholders, especially women.

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What we are achieving

ICLEI Africa is leading the implementation of the BRIDGE project working closely with FEICOM and the University of Yaoundé 1. The methodology used includes: ● Organising inclusive Learning Labs ● Deploying a suite of interactive activities and engagement methodologies ● Undertaking in-person and virtual facilitation of pre-developed interactive online courses, which can be tailored for BRIDGE The project will use a transdisciplinary approach with expertise from the finance, climate science, governance and gender fields. The diversity of partners already involved and from the broader knowledge brokering network in Cameroon that will be involved in BRIDGE will enable the co-design of inclusive solutions to unlocking climate finance for locally-led actions.

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