Meet our COP26 Fellow
Jessica Omukuti is one of only four COP26 Fellows. Her fellowship asks critical questions about the amount of Green Climate Fund finance spent on local-level adaptations in developing countries.
Improving our understanding of how climate finance is delivered at local, national and international scales is central to the success of COP26 and the Paris Agreement goals
Channeling climate finance for adaptation towards local levels increases resource effectiveness, and addresses poverty as a key driver of vulnerability.
However, less than 10 per cent of international climate finance is allocated at the local level, and opportunities are being missed to use financial resources more effectively.
Jessica’s research assesses what proportion of Green Climate Fund finance is used for local projects. She also aims to develop an understanding of the types of project structures that enable greater local delivery.
By engaging with stakeholders across the globe, Jessica is undertaking a detailed analysis of current and historic funding patterns to identify the current level of locally-delivered finance. She is also assessing the implications for policy development while building important global networks aimed at refining finance delivery. Jessica’s research findings will be presented to the COP26 community in November 2021.
Jessica says: "It is a privilege for me to engage with a topical issue that directly contributes to a COP26 agenda. I have had some very interesting conversations with different people representing adaptation finance stakeholders and I am very excited about what the findings of this research will mean for climate finance and climate justice overall, at and after COP26."
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