The need for communities and households to be able to adapt is increasingly pressing as climate change impacts hit harder and faster than expected. Many of these impacts relate to water, in the form of more severe and more frequent floods and droughts, changing rainfall patterns, and higher water demands for crops in the face of increased temperatures.
Increasing funding is pouring into climate adaptation responses, from international and national sources. And yet, as this research piece from IWMI shows, the finances don’t always flow to the ground level where the impacts are being felt: There are also no explicit mechanisms to reflect adaptation needs from the ground upwards, including those from the poorest and most marginalized groups.
The lack of participation of local communities in decision-making regarding adaptation approaches, as well as the lack of transparency and accountability for the use of climate funds raises the spectre of corruption and lack of integrity in the use of climate funds. Evidence from other research has shown how transparency, accountability and participation can serve to reduce corruption, improve integrity in decision-making, and ensure that finances are used appropriately to address the adaptation needs of poor and marginalized communities in particular.