Harnessing Climate Finance for Women in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam: A Survey of the Policy Landscape

[Main messages]
- Women are disproportionately susceptible to the risks of climate change but lack equal
access to the benefits of climate finance.
- This imbalance represents a missed opportunity: women are more inclined to invest in
health, nutrition, education and other drivers of development.
- Rectifying this imbalance could prove challenging. Sticking points range from difficulties
distributing revenues from climate projects to uncertainties surrounding “a gender
sensitive approach” in the Green Climate Fund.
- A suite of reforms will be needed to overcome these challenges. Important reforms include
channeling climate finance into community funds that generate livelihood benefits and
build social capital; institutionalising inclusivity in planning and funding decisions; and
auditing and steadily improving the gender responsiveness of international support
mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund.
- These reforms can help increase supplies of climate finance; equally essential is that
women possess the tools and influence to demand more from climate finance.