Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable
Half of all countries receive less than $5 per person per year in climate finance.
Most vulnerable countries also have some of the lowest levels of greenhouse gas levels in the world.
Yemen received about $1.17 for each of its people per year on average between 2010 and 2017, WaterAid’s analysis found, despite the country being ranked at 29th in the world’s most vulnerable to the impacts of climate breakdown.
Sudan was $1.33, despite it being the seventh most vulnerable country in the world. Angola, another of the 50 most vulnerable, received $1.58 per person per year over the period, and the Central African Republic – 16th in the most vulnerable ranking – received $1.61 per person per year.
Chad receives only $0.19 per person per year for water and sanitation and Ethiopia $0.39 per person.
Although water is at the heart of the climate crisis – because some of the biggest impacts will be felt in the form of droughts and floods – spending on water issues takes a low priority in climate finance. WaterAid found that only a fraction of the money spent on climate finance goes on efforts to improve access to water or sanitation.
Access to clean water will become an even more pressing problem in much of the developing world as the climate crisis takes hold. About 800 million people live without proper access to water near to home, and 2 billion people live without a water service that is reliable, safe and free from contamination.