Climate change

Institutional barriers to climate finance through a gendered lens in Fiji, Samoa, and Solomon Islands

Project code
AUD 250,001
Research program manager
Dr Veronica Doerr
Project leader
Rowena Maguire
Commissioned organisation
Queensland University of Technology
DEC 2021
JAN 2023
Project status
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This project aims to understand the decision making processes underlying climate finance allocations and to identify potentially novel ways of intervening in or managing around climate finance flows to increase their ability to support gender equity, community-based goals and adaptive processes in the Pacific.

The project will examine:

  • the types of adaptation projects that get funded
  • main recipients and sources of climate finance, if locally-led and gender equitable processes are related and are being supported by existing climate finance streams, and
  • if there are key institutional barriers to supporting these processes associated with the major sources of international climate finance.

Project outcomes

  • Exploring how the funding institutions set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) prioritise agricultural adaptation finance in the Pacific and assess how gender, community-led, collaborative, and learning-based approaches have been integrated within these activities.
  • Understanding the barriers to accessing climate finance for women and community-based approaches as well as work-around solutions that Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in the Pacific use.
  • Identifying current climate finance options that may best support gender equity outcomes and community-based adaptation approaches in agriculture. 
  • Identifying potential novel future interventions that could change, or better navigate, the climate finance institutional landscape to achieve gender and systems change outcomes. 
  • Improving the effectiveness of climate finance for agricultural adaptation initiatives in the Pacific by ensuring finance is accessible at the community level, supports collaborative, adjustable and learning-based adaptation interventions, and involves mechanisms to support gender equality transformation. 
Key partners
Queensland University of Technology