The Ideas

The ideas featured on this page have been shortlisted as the most promising transformative green finance instruments from hundreds of submissions via an open call for ideas. At the beginning of each Lab cycle, Lab Members vote on the top several shortlisted ideas to move into development, benefiting from guidance from Lab Members and expert working groups, as well as from in-depth analysis provided by the Lab Secretariat. Depending on their development, at the end of each cycle, several instruments are endorsed by the Lab for launch and piloting. For more details about the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance’s approach, visit how it works.

Endorsed 2020

The fund creates a business platform that can develop a variety of financial products tailored to specific communities and enterprises, addressing the gap in the way small-scale farms and forest-dwellers in Brazil access available financing.

Endorsed 2020

The idea leverages a “pay-for-success” model to monetize water conservation, efficiency, and nature-based solutions, creating incentives and revenue streams in areas where users often lack the necessary financial resources.

Endorsed 2020

The bonds allow SMEs who sell products and services that support sustainable agriculture to offer their products to smallholders on financially reliable credit, helping tens of thousands of farmers to adopt regenerative practices currently beyond their reach.

Endorsed 2020

The Sustainable Agriculture Finance Facility provides customized bundled loans that match the farmers’ needs and takes into account specific ICLF parameters.

Endorsed 2019

A dedicated blended finance fund providing financial and technical support to smallholder farmer organizations and agribusinesses to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices in West Africa

Endorsed 2019

A standardized, digital index crop insurance platform for smallholder farmers that addresses the impacts of climate change on crop production by making insurance more transparent, efficient, and scalable

Endorsed 2018

A mechanism to scale up sustainable forestry in Africa through which investors buy portfolios of trees that have been planted by smallholders on degraded land, and recoup their investment once the trees are harvested and sold

Endorsed 2018

A fund to increase forest restoration in the Amazon by investing and providing technical assistance to restore degraded lands in smallholders’ farms with agroforestry systems and, at the same time, developing and facilitating sales of their products

Endorsed 2018

A vehicle to promote the responsible production of commodities, particularly soy, in the Brazilian Cerrado biome, through incentives to plant in already cleared and degraded lands

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

A business model to provide resources and technical assistance to intensify and increase cattle production in Brazil, while also restoring degraded pastures and forests, and decreasing deforestation

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

A mechanism for restoration and conservation of cloud forests in Latin America, which can improve the productivity of hydroelectric plants

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

A platform to bring together the tools, actors, and finance necessary to help lenders incorporate climate risk in their loan portfolios while incentivizing the adoption of climate-smart farming methods by smallholders.

Fire Winner 2015 - 2016

An initiative to deliver strong returns to investors while catalyzing significant new demand to drive green homes market growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Endorsed 2014 - 2015

A facility to provide farmers with know-how and finance for climate-resilient investments, by enabling development banks to partner with agribusiness corporations who empower farmers within their supply chains