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Acting on Climate Finance Pledges: Inter-Agency Dynamics and Relationships with Aid in Contributor States

  • Jonathan Pickering
  • Jakob Skovgaard
  • Soyeun Kim
  • J. Timmons Roberts
  • David Rossati
  • Martin Stadelmann
  • Hendrikje Reich
Publishing year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 149-162
Publication/Series: World Development
Volume: 68
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Developed countries have relied heavily on aid budgets to fulfill their pledges to boost funding for addressing climate change in developing countries. However, little is known about how interaction between aid and other ministries has shaped contributorsâ diverse approaches to climate finance. This paper investigates intra-governmental dynamics in decision-making on climate finance in seven contributor countries (Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the UK, and the US). While aid agencies retained considerable control over implementation, environment and finance ministries have played an influential and often contrasting role on key policy issues, including distribution between mitigation and adaptation and among geographical regions.


  • Political Science
  • climate policy
  • climate finance
  • development assistance
  • bureaucratic politics


  • International Economic Institutions and Domestic Actors in the Climate Regime Complex - the Cases of Climate Financing and Fossil Fuel Subsidies
  • Miljöpolitik-lup-obsolete
  • ISSN: 1873-5991
Jakob Skovgaard
E-mail: jakob [dot] skovgaard [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


Department of Political Science

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Senior Lecturer

Jakob holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, and prior to joining the Department he worked in the international climate change team at the Danish Ministry of Finance including during the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen.

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