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Skovgaard on bureaucratic politics and the allocation of climate aid between developing countries

Jakob Skovgaard has co-authored the article “Bureaucratic politics and the allocation of climate finance” with Lauri Peterson (Uppsala University). The article is published in the journal World Development. It concerns how bureaucratic politics has influenced the allocation of aid for climate mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

An important insight from the article is that the level of involvement of the ministries of development and environment in an industrialised country influences which developing countries receive climate aid. The more involved the ministry of development is in the decisions determining how an industrialised country should spend its climate aid, the more likely are poorer countries to be selected as recipients, the more involved the ministry of environment is, the more likely are allies in the climate negotiations selected. 

Peterson and Skovgaard studied which ministries are involved in the decision-making determining the allocation of climate aid (for reducing emissions and adapting to climate change in developing countries) in eleven industrialised countries. They find that the involvement of different ministries influences the allocation between countries. The analysis shows that the ministries of development and environment, as expected from their organisational mandates, leads to a higher likelihood of respectively poorer and allied countries  being selected as recipients. However, a higher degree of involvement of one of the two ministries does not translate into more money being allocated to respectively poorer and allied countries.

More information about the article can be found on sciencedirect.com (free access until 13 March 2019)

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