This guide outlines key issues related to climate-forced displacement, human rights, and funding, and calls upon funders to support community-led, human rights-based solutions. This is an introduction and framing along with guidance. The end of the guide features concrete steps that funders can take to address varies points of engagement.
Climate change is advancing much more quickly and more strongly than scientific projections and placing people's rights at risk. The slow-onset impacts of climate change are displacing communities and having severe impacts on human rights — the right to health, food security, water and sanitation, life, religious expression, and culture, among others. Often, grassroots, frontline communities have the best and most appropriate solutions to these challenges. At the same time, these communities receive the smallest share of funding and are sidelined by state and international decision makers. The philanthropic community ("funders" hereafter) can fill this void by supporting grassroots communities to advance human rights-based solutions to climate change and climate-forced displacement.