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.

In Development 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.

In Development 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.

In Development 2020

The instrument creates a blended investment vehicle that increases the flow of capital for mid-size (US $5-75M) sustainable urban infrastructure projects, which often struggle to find financing yet can have strong social and environmental impacts.

In Development 2020

An energy as a service model to allow private ownership, operation and financing for distributed solar generation projects to supply Nigerian public facilities such as schools and hospitals with reliable on-site electricity. 

In Development 2020

A new and innovative funding source for water and waste-related climate adaptation infrastructure projects in Southern Africa that have struggled to attract long-term sustainable financing.

In Development 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.

In Development 2020

The instrument combines satellite computer vision and remote sensing of biomass with blockchain verification of sustainable land-use impacts and restoration agreements to create performance rewards for Indian communities engaged in regenerative forestry.

In Development 2020

An instrument to enhance the adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies (SATs) in Brazil by creating a credit facility for farmers who pass a Sustainable Agriculture Certification.