Investment Brief: The Opportunity in Digital Finance for Climate Resilience (DF4CR)

A guide for early-stage investors and catalytic funders



Current estimates indicate that at least 3.3 billion people are already vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. This suggests the total addressable market for climate resilience solutions is almost 50% of the world’s population. 


Inclusive tech providers are making inroads with pioneering models that can serve climate-vulnerable populations and improve their climate resilience. While there is growing willingness among investors and government to support such solutions, many are not tailored for vulnerable people, and there remains significant uncertainty about how they can effectively reach those who need them most.


This set of investment theses draws on our recently published solutions map to outline key models and products the Catalyst Fund team believes are ripe for scale and replication. We highlight the problem, potential impact, potential solutions, and existing examples in each of three categories:

  1. Anticipate and recover from disasters and shocks
  2. Adapt household assets and livelihoods
  3. Build long-term resilience in markets and communities


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