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Latest blog posts
Missing baselines: have recent increases in climate finance been exaggerated?
To what extent might increases in climate finance since 2009 be due to changes in reporting practices? We used a natural language processing model and backcast the results to find out.
What does limited progress at COP28 mean for Africa?
From COP28, DI’s Martha Bekele reflects on the unfairness of those who have little to do with emissions shouldering the effects of climate change and struggling with the costs the system imposes
How can AI be used to improve predictions of humanitarian need?
We used machine learning to project the possible impacts of different climate change scenarios on humanitarian need. What might the future hold?
Is climate finance wrongly reported by over a billion dollars per year?
We used AI to assess how the World Bank and the UK are recording climate funds. Our model identifies one in five of the Bank's projects as appearing suspicious and warranting further investigation, compared with the UK's one in 50.
When the data doesn’t tell the full story: improving gender-responsive climate finance
How can we change the climate finance system to improve accountability and ensure that decisions and policies learn from the insights of women on the front line of the climate crisis?
How much has the UK spent towards its £11.6 billion climate finance commitment?
This blog explores data on the UK's climate finance spending and finds the government is likely to fall short of its 2026 commitment.
Africa can contribute, Africa must benefit and Africans must decide on financing to tackle the climate crisis
As Africa Climate week kicks off, can the emerging idea of Global Public Investment bring about the truly global and collective approach to financing we need to tackle the biggest threat facing our world?
Mind the gaps between gender equality and environmental sustainability
DI’s Hayley Lelourec highlights where action is needed: gender mainstreaming in environmental policy, addressing knowledge gaps and funding to local, women-led organisations.
Reduced visibility? Opening up World Bank climate finance data
DI adapts World Bank data to allow users to identify which of their twenty thousand plus projects count towards the aggregate climate finance figures, and by how much.