Financial Instruments Toolkit

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Innovative financial strategies can help cities overcome the multiple barriers they face in accessing climate finance. This toolkit showcases potential financial instruments, highlighting case studies and demonstrating practical applications of instruments in the field.
This webpage is divided into two main parts.

The financial instruments library presents different financial instruments available for urban climate projects.

The financial instrument case studies repository provides examples of successful financial instrument implementations.

Financial instruments library

The financial instruments library provides state-of-the-art financial instruments available for urban climate projects. Browse the library selecting different filters using the menu on the left. Hover and click on financial instruments (dots) to learn more about them.

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Funding sources

Sectors

Climate objective

City size

City by income level

Extent of implementation

Implementation status

Instrument category

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Instrument category Instrument Funding sources Sectors Climate objective City size City by income level case studies
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The Alliance is actively seeking updates to the financial instruments library. Please complete the form to suggest additional instruments.

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Financial instruments case studies

The financial instruments cases studies repository provides successful examples of financial instrument implementations in urban climate projects. Browse the respository selecting different filters using the menu on the left. Hover and click on case studies (dots) to learn more about them.

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Sectors

Climate objectives

City size

Region

Instrument category

Instrument

Project range

Suitability for cities in LMICs

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Project Instrument category Instrument Region Sectors Climate objective City size Project size
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Want to suggest new case studies?

The Alliance is actively looking for new case studies in its financial instruments case studies repository. Please complete the form to suggest additional case studies.

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Looking for additional resources on urban climate finance? Check out these resources from Alliance members and colleagues

A green financing knowledge exchange platform, which highlights climate projects and their financial models. Different to this tool, it is limited to the LAC region.

greenfinancelac.org

A digital platform that allows governments to promote public infrastructure projects to a global investor network, which effectively maps projects, their project lead, pipeline stage, and opportunities for investors. Different to this tool, it is not specific to climate, cities, financial instruments, vehicles or aggregators.

pipeline.gihub.org

A multilateral platform for sustainable infrastructure, which has functionalities that support project management and timeline/task management, portfolio monitoring, project preparation facilities finder, and the publication of projects to attract potential investors. Different to this tool, it is not focused on showcasing innovative financial instruments and approaches to project finance, nor a mapping or financial intermediaries and aggregators that could finance urban climate projects.

public.sif-source.org/source

A platform that hosts information on climate-resilient infrastructure worldwide and operates similarly to the G20 Infrastructure Hub Pipeline. Different to this tool, it does not identify case studies on the successful utilization of innovative financial instruments.

cdp.net/en/cities/matchmaker

As the main global network for blended finance, it covers a range of activities, including an online platform to connect with key stakeholders other on blended finance transactions in progress, access to tailored training and original knowledge products such as case studies and reports. Different to this tool, it does not explicitly focus on cities and climate or gather case studies on the utilization of broad instruments that may not be explicitly blended finance.

convergence.finance

A joint initiative of The WEF and the OECD, SDIP established platforms of public-private collaboration that address specific obstacles to unlock capital flows and scale investments at a regional level. For example, the Africa hub has Cosmos, which maps and builds synergies among the continent’s most relevant SDG financing efforts. Different to this tool, it lacks an explicit urban dimension focus and details on the types of financial instruments.

sdiponline.org

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