Sun sets over lush forested mountains and a river in Dambo, Zambia

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Recent scholarly and policy literature calls for improved coordination of climate finance to enhance the effectiveness of multiple sources of funding for adaptation and mitigation purposes, with country ownership over coordination emerging as a potential approach. However, few studies have examined how climate finance coordination unfolds at the national level in developing countries.

In examining the cases of Kenya and Zambia, this study finds that political factors relating to power dynamics, framings of climate finance, and vested interests play a strong role in shaping how actors interact, hampering coordination efforts within the climate finance landscape in both countries. This adds a new dimension to calls for greater country ownership, which authors suggest needs to be paired with a critical examination of political struggles.