Our Work

Promoting private sector participation in urban climate change resilience building in Asia

The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges. The Foundation has funded the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) which is focused on adaptation to climate change. Rockefeller Foundation and ACCRN mandated Intellecap to map private sector solutions that enable the urban poor to adapt to climate change in South and South-East Asia. The findings of this project may be found in this report - Opportunities for Private Sector Engagement in Urban Climate Change Resilience Building.

Intellecap’s Approach

As part of the climate change resilience initiative, Intellecap identified high potential sectors for adaptation to climate change in urban areas – micro-insurance, low cost housing, sanitation, affordable healthcare, microfinance etc. As a part of the study, Intellecap identified 4 cities in India, Indonesia and Thailand and climate change resilience models for each city given the adaptation needs. Intellecap and Rockefeller Foundation also co-hosted ‘The Business of Climate Change: Opportunities in Adaptation and Resilience Building’ - a gathering of business leaders, impact investors and experts in New York to discuss how businesses can help vulnerable urban communities build resilience against the effects of climate change.

Results

As a follow up to this study, Intellecap has been selected by Rockefeller Foundation to manage a funding facility that will support companies that seek to develop business opportunities targeted at helping the urban poor overcome the impact of climate change in 4 select cities in India and South-East Asia.