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Gender-Responsive Climate Finance Window

The Gender-Responsive Climate Finance Window is now accepting Concept Notes for its Fall Round (Cycle 5) until August 30, 2024. Interested applicants can apply here . In this funding cycle, we will have a strong preference for climate adaptation solutions that are at the proof-of-concept stage. Convergence will review all concept note submissions and will invite select applicants to submit a full proposal for funding consideration.

As climate change intensifies, it poses considerable risks to human life, livelihoods, and economic stability, particularly in vulnerable regions lacking adequate infrastructure or resources to respond effectively. Effective climate adaptation is essential for sustainable development, ensuring communities can withstand and thrive in the face of changing climate conditions. Despite the critical need for adaptation strategies, global funding and implementation have lagged behind mitigation efforts. The urgency of addressing immediate and anticipated climate impacts makes prioritizing adaptation not only necessary but urgent.

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Scope of the Window

The Gender-Responsive Climate Finance Window , made possible with support from the Government of Canada, will award early-stage grant funding for the design and launch of innovative blended finance vehicles focused on the intersection of climate change and gender equality in emerging markets globally.

There has been a growing awareness of the climate-gender nexus over the past decade, but the field remains nascent. This Window aims to build the field by supporting a pipeline of climate-gender blended finance vehicles to reach bankability. Blended finance vehicles supported by the Window will be anchored by three key objectives:

  1. The mobilization of private sector capital at scale to finance gender-responsive climate change mitigation and/or adaptation in emerging markets;

AND

  1. The integration of gender equality into the design, implementation, and operations of vehicles, rather than as a “bolt-on feature” or “nice-to-have”;

AND

  1. Strong alignment with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) at the minimum.

Refer to the Factsheet for more background information.

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