Climate change and environmental degradation pose an existential threat to low-income populations in developing countries. What can the financial inclusion sector do about this worrying trend? Financial inclusion has the potential to help build individual and collective resilience to the detrimental effects of climate change, as well as support the transition to low-carbon economies. Access to a full range of financial services can provide a cushion or safety net in the face of changing weather patterns and extreme weather events. Supportive financing and payment innovations such as pay-as-you-go business models can help make green technologies, like solar energy and cleaner cookstoves, more affordable for low-income people.

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Revealing policy practices to guide the transition to inclusive and resilient low-carbon economies
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Will fostering financial inclusion ease the transition to a low-carbon economy?
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How microfinance can help the poor adapt to climate change