Climate Governance Integrity: Safeguarding the Climate and Climate Finance against Corruption
As of: March 2021
Corruption is one of the main challenges in emerging and developing countries – and also affects the financial resources provided for climate change mitigation. Together with its political and strategic partners and as part of its globally oriented project work, Transparency International is implementing measures to protect against corruption in three regions, relying on information, targeted research, monitoring and advocacy work to achieve its aims. In this way, victims and witnesses of corruption are given a voice, ensuring that those who are most vulnerable are not doubly harmed by both climate change impacts and corruption. The project also contributes to promoting transparent and accountable climate change mitigation strategies and procedures at all levels. It also consolidates the regionally growing leadership and independence of the civil society in climate change mitigation issues. In this way, the project strengthens confidence in possible climate change mitigation investments – and consequently in their scope.
State of implementation/results
- Launch of "Governance Assessment of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) & DRC’S National REDD+ Fund" report (www.transparency.org/…) (www.transparency.org/…),
- TI climate newsletter detailing recent activities (transparencyinternational.cmail19.com/…),
- TI celebrated Earth Day and World Environment Day by launching global campaigns reaching countries from Bangladesh to Peru, and Maldives. A video was created, explaining how corruption harms the environment (transparencyinternational.cmail19.com/…),
- TI discussed addressing climate corruption in an online course by UNFCC and the UN System Staff College (unfccc.int/…),
- TI issued a joint letter calling on EU to ensure that good governance is a cornerstone of the Covid response in the European Green Deal (twitter.com/…).
- TI held a webinar on World Ocean Day (edition.mv/…).
- TI participated in a panel discussion on 21/06/2020, organized by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICOM) on fiscal transparency.
- TI held a virtual capacity building training for ICOM staff on the Right to Information on 15-16/09/2020.
- TI participated in a kick-off meeting of the Kisumu County 100% Renewable Energy Project (www.international-climate-initiative.com/…).
- TI participated in a virtual meeting organized by Clean Energy Nepal on COVID-19 opportunities for Green Recovery.
- In a joint campaign with CSOs, a coal energy funding bank was prevented from being accredited at the GCF.
- The Escazú Agreement ratification campaign is ongoing with TI speaking in media and events, and social media campaigns.
- TI organized a 2nd Anti-Corruption and Forest Governance School from 30/06 to 3/07/2020.
- TI is organising a hearing on 07/10/2020 to present on corruption and human rights violations against indigenous peoples at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (www.proetica.org.pe/…).
- TI hosted a radio show in the Gicumbi province to raise awareness of the GCF project and citizen’s rights.
- TI published a Climate Governance Integrity blog (tikorea-climate.blogspot.com).
- TI organized a virtual workshop on 06/2020 with the Citizen Advisory Council on Climate Change on Governance and Leadership.
- TI organized a webinar on 28/06/2020 on environmental challenges during Covid.
- The government decided not to renew the quick rental agreements as a result of TI’s calls.
- TI issued a press release on 12/06/2020 demanding more budget to confront climate change (www.ti-bangladesh.org/…).
- Consistent with TI’s recommendations to prevent corruption in emergency relief work, the Government allocated a separate budget for relief materials.
- The GCF Independent Evaluation Unit included TI’s recommendations in the draft Strategic Plan.