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Climate Justice Fund

Climate justice recognises that the poor and vulnerable at home and overseas are the first to be affected by climate change, and will suffer the worst, yet have done little or nothing to cause the problem.

It is a people-centred, human-rights approach that aims to share the benefits of equitable global development and the burdens of climate change fairly, while building trust between developed and developing countries.

Climate Justice Fund: 2012 to 2017

We launched the Climate Justice Fund (CJF) in 2012 to help tackle the effects of climate change in the poorest, most vulnerable countries, with a £3 million budget.

In 2014, a further tranche of £3 million was added to the CJF to fund more projects.

In 2015, at COP21 in Paris, we committed to providing £3 million per year from 2016 to 2021 through the Climate Challenge Fund Malawi and the Climate Justice Innovation Fund (totalling £12 million over five years). This is in addition to our annual £10 million International Development Fund.


From 2012 to 2016, the CJF's contribution to projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda:

  • provided 110,000 people with training in climate change and water rights issues
  • established 217 village-level committees to support water resource management and resilience
  • improved agricultural practices and irrigation services for more than 11,000 people, which has helped to increase crop yield
  • planted more than 122,000 trees
  • provided sources of alternative income to more than 1,000 people in Malawi, including livestock-rearing, fish farming and honey production
  • together with £6 million from our Hydro Nation initiative, gave more than 70,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa access to safe drinking water

Allocations in 2016

In 2016, the CJF was allocated as follows:

  • £2 million to the University of Strathclyde over 2016 to 2018 to extend the Water Futures programme, helping more communities in the Lower Shire Basin in rural Malawi access groundwater resources protected from the impacts of climate change (read the news story: Hydro Nation Water Futures boost for Malawi)
  • £1 million to the UN Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (2016 to 2017) on a one-off basis
  • £400,000 to the Malawi food insecurity crisis humanitarian response (2016 to 2017)

The remainder of the CJF will be distributed via two separate funds, launched in 2017, which signify a more strategically focused approach going forward. These funds are:

  • the Climate Challenge Fund Malawi (CCFM), based around the principles of our successful domestic Climate Challenge Fund
  • Climate Justice Innovation Fund (CJIF)

Climate Challenge Fund Malawi: 2017 onwards

Funded by the CJF, the Climate Challenge Fund Malawi (CCFM) will implement a range of community-led projects in southern Malawi, via a team of remunerated on-the-ground development officers.

The CCFM will support a select group of rural communities to identify and implement their own solutions for adapting to and building resilience against the worst effects of climate change, and also contribute directly to many of the UN Global Goals, especially Goal 13 on climate action.

We will announce which contractor has been chosen to develop, administrate and deliver the CCFM programme soon.

Climate Justice Innovation Fund: from 2017 onwards

We launched the Climate Justice Innovation Fund (CJIF), funded by the CJF, on 5 June 2017 to support projects developing innovative solutions for strengthening African communities against the effects of climate change.

It is managed and administered by the Corra Foundation (formerly Lloyds TSB Foundation), who have managed our International Development Small Grants Programme since 2014.

On 17 September 2017 it was announced that £600,000 of CJIF funding will be split between six Scottish organisations who are working with African partners on projects in our sub-Saharan priority countries of Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

The projects are as follows:

  • installing a solar-powered electricity grid to power a cooling system for milk production in Malawi
  • improving the efficiency and resilience of coffee production by small-holder growers in Rwanda
  • training maize farmers in Malawi in conservation farming techniques
  • upgrading water and electricity infrastructure in a small farming community in Malawi
  • turning waste into energy and recyclable plastic in an urban area of central Zambia
  • improving the nutrition of schoolchildren in Malawi

Hydro Nation

The Climate Justice Fund grew out of our Hydro Nation strategy. Through our international Hydro Nation work, our water officials work with Malawian water officials on issues including water governance and legislation.

Read more about our Hydro Nation strategy.