The people who have contributed the least to climate change are also the most exposed to its impacts. Low-income and vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are more likely to experience extreme weather and environmental risks relating to climate change. Climate risks exacerbate existing inequalities and increase the chances of income loss, food insecurity, adverse health effects, displacement, and poverty traps. While the focus of much of the climate finance world is on large-scale mitigation of greenhouse gases, for low-income and vulnerable populations, there is little to mitigate; their priorities are building resilience to climate risks, adapting to changing climatic conditions, and in some cases transitioning to new livelihoods.
CFI recognizes that as the world works to understand the impacts and adapt to new realities, financial services are an indispensable tool to help low-income and vulnerable people prepare for climate-related events and recover from them when they happen. CFI will work to understand the constraints that different vulnerable populations face and how financial services can respond to these, uncovering and piloting product innovations that can help support resilience and adaptation and sharing what we have learned with policymakers and regulators, financial service providers, investors, and other stakeholders in both the financial inclusion and climate ecosystems.