Episode 6

Women and Climate Policy: Advocating for Gender-Sensitive Solutions

Women and Girls on the Climate Change Frontline: Navigating Climate Change, a podcast series that shines a light on the women and girls leading the fight against climate change in the least developed countries.

In this episode, we look at women and climate policy: advocating for Gender-Sensitive Solutions and Inclusive Decision-Making. This episode focused on the role of women in shaping climate policy. It examines the ways in which women are advocating for more gender-sensitive climate policies and working to ensure that their voices are heard in the decision-making process.

Our Guests in this episode:

Anju Sharma, is an experienced manager, researcher, writer, and editor with over 20 years of expertise in sustainable development, particularly in Asia. She showcases an extensive background in policy research, advocacy, and information curation related to sustainability. Committed to alleviating poverty while preserving the environment, Anju specializes in areas such as climate change mitigation, natural resource management, air pollution, and civil society engagement. Her work embodies a dedicated pursuit of sustainable and equitable society.


Joelle Hangi is a refugee currently residing in Kenya, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joelle has worked in different research capacities with UNHCR Africa Office, Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, University of Geneva’s Human Rights Department, amongst other humanitarian organizations. All with a focus on improving and enabling refugee agency, autonomy, and rights. Currently, she is one of the 12 fellows of the inaugural RSC-BIEA Fellowship, which brings together early career researchers interested in matters of forced displacement. She also served as an Ashden judge for the Humanitarian Energy award. Her research interests include humanitarian aid, development aid particularly, the provision of and access to clean energy in displacement settings.


(E) Lisa (F) Schipper is Professor of Development Geography at the University of Bonn. Her work focuses on adaptation to climate change in the Global South, and looks at gender, religion and culture to understand what drives vulnerability. Lisa has lived and worked in Central and South America, East and West Africa and South and Southeast Asia. She was Co-ordinating Lead Author of Chapter 18 of the Working Group 2 contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (‘Climate Resilient Development Pathways’) that was published in February 2022. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Climate and Development (Taylor and Francis) and member of the editorial board of the journals World Development Perspectives (Elsevier) and Global Transitions: Health Transitions (KeAi). She also serves as Contributing Editor of the Carbon Brief.


A show of this quality would not be possible without the incredible talent of Sarah Harris-Simpson, as well as the extraordinary and persistent support of Sorina Crisan and Eda Isik.

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The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 45 least developed countries (LDCs).

UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF pursues innovative financing solutions through: (1) financial inclusion, which expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the local economy, while also providing differentiated products for women and men so they can climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; (2) local development finance, which shows how fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion, women’s economic empowerment, climate adaptation, and sustainable development; and (3) a least developed countries investment platform that deploys a tailored set of financial instruments to a growing pipeline of impactful projects in the “missing middle.’’