On 23 May 2022, 350Africa.org, together with organisations comprising the Fair Public Finance Coalition, sent a letter to the leaders of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to call on the bank to foster more participatory processes at a local level to build equity within our just transition processes away from fossil fuels and towards a low-carbon and socially resilient society.

“We [The Fair Public Finance Coaltion] share the concern with fellow developing countries and the DBSA that the re-accreditation process with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the funding mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was unjust, unconsultative and not informed by official policies when developed countries imposed net-zero emission conditions on the DBSA.

To avoid the undemocratic processes occurring internationally, we [The Fair Public Finance Coaltion] call on the DBSA to institute equitable and just processes locally by meaningfully including civil society organisations and impacted communities in decision-making processes. …”