Can Climate Finance Achieve Gender Equity in Developing Countries?

Abstract

We develop the climate finance-gender equity framework in this paper and use the ‘contextual-procedural-distributive’ equity as a lens of analysis to examine how climate finance helps challenge, and reinforce, gender inequities in the mitigation, adaptation and disaster management strategies. Focusing on the examples of tree-planting, smart-agriculture and disaster information dissemination projects, this paper argues that climate finance can achieve gender equity if three aspects are critically considered: (1) how different incentives and preferences, between men and women, are shaped by their livelihood experiences and priorities, and what factors enable, and restrict, their access to resources; (2) how formal and informal participatory arena offers a genuine space for women, and men, to make decisions that empower them; and (3) how women’s practical and strategic needs are met and the contradictions resolved. This paper also suggests that climate finance needs to address and challenge unequal socio-political arrangements, such as access to land rights, that help perpetuate gender inequities.

Citation

Wong, S. Can Climate Finance Achieve Gender Equity in Developing Countries? UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland (2014) 18 pp. ISBN 978-92-9230-785-1 [WIDER Working Paper No. 2014/064]

Can Climate Finance Achieve Gender Equity in Developing Countries?

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