Step 3.4A: Mapping existing finance instruments and related legislation

Finance instruments are used to mobilize, collect, manage and disburse funding and can be configured as components of a finance solution. They can be strictly financial instruments like bonds or equities, or fiscal and regulatory tools designed to change incentives, prices and motivation. The term “finance instrument” in this workbook is used flexibly and interchangeably with finance tools, mechanisms, economic incentives, etc. Some features of finance instruments are:

  • They are discrete units that can be clearly named and described.
  • They are established through policies, laws, and practices.
  • They can be altered, expanded, removed, or otherwise manipulated.
  • They are or act upon monetary, fiscal or economic incentives.

The listing of existing instruments and mechanisms should be as thorough as possible and include all types of instruments such as regulatory, market, fiscal, grant, debt/equity, and riskrelated. This list can be based on a variety of national reports, through direct interaction in workshops and with experts’ interviews. The inventory should include all current financial instruments regardless of their status or effectiveness. They should be named and described with sufficient details, e.g. this is not about listing “Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)” but to detail what kind of PES are implemented (e.g. water PES), where and when. If there is only a legislative provision on PES, but not actual implementation, or only a single pilot was carried out, this should be clearly stated.

The BIOFIN Catalogue of Finance Solutions is a good place to start getting ideas for types of instruments and mechanisms. Additional information on finance solutions can be accessed via the online platform “ Financing Solutions for Sustainable Development”. These knowledge platforms can be similarly used for awareness-raising and advocacy, but their information cannot be used directly to include in the actual listing of a country’s existing instruments, as this needs to be a description of the country-specific mechanism. When developing such a database for the country, consider the columns in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1: Additional Data that can be Added when Relevant

Heading Description
Result Select: generate revenues, realign expenditures, avoid future expenditures, and better delivery
Finance source category Select: government (level), private firm, project developer, national/local/international NGO, national/ international financial institution, institutional investor, private foundation, bilateral/multilateral other donor, household. Add a category, if necessary
Source name Actual name of the source(s). Example: UK National Lottery
Recipients Organization(s), group(s), company(s) to whom the resources are transferred and/or which benefit from increased income
Sector Select sector(s)
Notes References and information not captured elsewhere