Tracking the Climate Finance Ecosystem

The climate crisis is an all hands on deck problem, and all the hands need to be aware of what the others are doing. The following Climate Finance Trackers are designed to help climate funders and ‘ecosystem builders’ better collaborate by exploring: who is funding what, who to talk to for shared learnings, where are the gaps, and what type of capital could be most effective where.

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Climate Co-Investor Tracker

The Climate Co-Investor Tracker shows patterns of co-investments to US-based companies whose descriptions mention terms relating to climate mitigation or climate adaptation. Investors were included if they invested in at least two companies and linked if they co-invested in at least one company together. Colored clusters are groups of investors that co-invest with each other more than expected by chance.

Due to the nature of the climate crisis and the interdependence of solution components, climate investors need to consider not only de-risking their own investments but also de-risking the whole solution system at large. Herd investing could leave crucial solution components underfunded. Climate investors need to see the big picture, spot gaps, redundancies, and opportunities, and work together to secure our future.

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US Climate Finance Tracker

The Climate Finance Tracker - U.S. shows flows of private funding to US-based companies and non-profits whose descriptions mention terms realting to climate mitigation or climate adapation. The funding data span private investments (provided by Crunchbase) and philanthropic grants (provided by Candid).

In the next decade, trillions of dollars in investment will be made in climate solutions. But how can we ensure this capital is distributed effectively? What kind of capital is needed where, and when? To help inform these decisions, climate funders need to be looking at the bigger picture, getting ahead of emerging opportunities, and working together to bridge the gaps.

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Africa & Latin America Climate Finance Tracker

The Climate Finance Tracker - Africa / Latin America shows flows of private funding to companies and non-profits that are either based in - or work in - Africa or Latin America and whose descriptions mention terms relating to climate mitigation or climate adaptation. The funding data span from 2019 to 2022 and includes private investment data (from Crunchbase, GPCA, and Africa: The Big Deal), philanthropic grant data (from Candid and OECD), and Blended Finance data (from Convergence).

Climate change is disrupting the most foundational aspects of human life - food and agriculture, water and sanitation, public health, education and livelihoods, urban infrastructure and energy access, migration and social cohesion. While enterprises and investors are stepping up to meet the climate emergency, solutions for low-income communities and frontier markets remain capital-short. Those most impacted by climate change are getting the least amount of support. As interconnected as our world is, if we neglect these communities and economies, we all fail.

More Info

These Climate Finance Trackers were developed in partnership with Vibrant Data Labs, with support from several partners and collaborators.

For more information, watch the videos in the Learn More carousel or visit our FAQ.

These tools are still in development, and we'd love to hear from you if you have ideas, thoughts, or feedback. Get in touch with us via the Contact Form below!

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Learn More

Watch the video above for an overview of the Climate Finance Tracker from Eric Berlow, ecologist, network scientist, and founder of Vibrant Data Labs. Learn more on our FAQ page. Explore the CFT.

Learn how to use basic features of the CFT in the video above. For more information, visit our FAQ page

After reviewing findings from the CFT that demonstrated the gap in equitable climate solutions, the founder of Vibrant Data Labs, Eric Berlow, challenged artist Benjamin Von Wong to create an art piece that explains Climate Equity. Learn more here.

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Partners

The Climate Finance Tracker was built by Vibrant Data Labs in partnership with Candid, The Cisco Foundation, Crunchbase, Hopper-Dean Foundation, ImpactAlpha, One Earth, Primer.ai, RTI International and Sideporch with all data coming from Crunchbase, Candid, Convergence, GPCA and LinkedIn.

Candid
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Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it.

The Cisco Foundation
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The Cisco Foundation supports solutions to power our regenerative and inclusive future.

Crunchbase
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Crunchbase is the leading platform for professionals to discover innovative companies, connect with the people behind them, and pursue new opportunities.

ImpactAlpha
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ImpactAlpha is a media and information-services platform purpose-built to serve the investors and entrepreneurs, intermediaries and practitioners, activists and influencers who are optimizing business and finance for positive social and environmental impact.

One Earth
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One Earth accelerates collective action to solve the climate crisis.

Primer.ai
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Primer delivers mission-ready AI to those who protect our security and democracy.

Sideporch
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An advisory firm helping good people do hard things that make a difference.

Vibrant Data Labs
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Combining data science and network theory into visual interfaces to power change for complex social challenges.

Convergence
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Convergence is the global network for blended finance. We generate blended finance data, intelligence, and deal flow to increase private sector investment in developing countries.

RTI
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RTI International is a global research institute and leading international development organization that co-creates smart, shared solutions for a more prosperous, equitable, and resilient world.

GPCA
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The Global Private Capital Association is a non-profit, independent membership organization representing private capital investors who manage more than USD2t in assets across Asia, Latin America, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe and the Middle East.