Why participation is the foundation of great climate investment.

Revathi Kollegala May 14, 2021

Inclusivity is one of the guiding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But it’s also an excellent investment strategy.

For climate action to succeed, programme directors need the localised knowledge of those most affected by changes to infrastructure and capacities. Traditional, top-down development strategies often neglect to engage with the behaviours and beliefs that facilitate successful programmes. And those shortcomings have been borne out time and again in failed development programmes across the globe.

Conversely, programmes that actively engage with a diverse range of voices are shown to improve resource sustainability, uptake rates and the quality of infrastructure. That’s precisely why development leaders like UNDP and the WHO actively look for inclusive solutions to development challenges – they simply work better. 

Our discussion will explore the evidence, research and challenges associated with participatory models of climate development. Panellists, who represent the voices of the global south, will speak of the importance of digital inclusion in affecting successful outcomes.

You will learn about real programmes that succeeded because the voices of underprivileged communities were heard and acted upon.

We’ll explore why the impacts of an inclusive rationale are so far-reaching, affecting the success of everything from funding governance to investment strategy and beyond. No matter the level a programme operates at, participation is likely the key to unlocking transformational climate outcomes.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Climate Action

  • Stakeholder Economics & Leadership

  • Impact Investing


Impact Investing, Equity and Inclusivity, Climate Action and Climate Justice, Digital Inclusivity

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The session aims to impress upon the need to consider inclusivity in the way impact investments are designed from the get-go and lets the audience take away real world examples of doing this meaningfully as well as think about how these may apply to their context.


  • Asset Managers

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Government

  • Artists & Culture-makers

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameRevathi Kollegala
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationRegen Foundation
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameBill Bauer
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationR3.0 Foundation
  • StatusInvited
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