Greening Aid?: Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance

Greening Aid?: Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance

by Robert L. Hicks, Bradley C. Parks, J. Timmons Roberts, Michael J. Tierney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199213941

ISBN-13: 9780199213948

Pub. Date: 05/25/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Every year, billions of dollars of environmental aid flow from the rich of the North to the poor of the South. Why do donors provide this aid? What do they seek to achieve? What explains the patterns of environmental aid spending—is it designed to address real problems, achieve geopolitical or commercial gains abroad, or buy political mileage at home? And

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Every year, billions of dollars of environmental aid flow from the rich of the North to the poor of the South. Why do donors provide this aid? What do they seek to achieve? What explains the patterns of environmental aid spending—is it designed to address real problems, achieve geopolitical or commercial gains abroad, or buy political mileage at home? And does it always go to the places of greatest environmental need? This groundbreaking text is based on the authors' work compiling and evaluating the environmental impact of over 400,000 development project by more than 50 donors to over 170 recipient nations. Greening Aid? explains major trends over the last decades, ranks donors according to their performance, and offers case studies which contrast donors and types of environmental aid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199213948
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures xii

List of Tables xiv

List of Acronyms xvi

1 From Rio to Gleneagles: Has Aid Been Greened? 1

2 Billions for the Earth? Patterns of Environmental Assistance 20

3 Who Receives Environmental Aid? Patterns of Allocation and Case Studies of Five Major Recipients 54

4 To Areas of Need, Opportunity, or Strategic Interest? Explaining Which Countries Receive Environmental Aid and Why 91

5 Which Donors Are the Greenest? Trends in Bilateral Aid and Key Donor Profiles 123

6 The Political Market for Environmental Aid: Why Some Donors Are Greener Than Others 159

7 Have the Multilaterals Been Greened? Major Trends and Cases 184

8 Outsourcing the National Interest? Delegating Environmental Aid to Multilateral Agencies 211

9 Looking to the Future of Environmental Aid 245

Appendix A The Project-Level Aid Database 265

Appendix B Aid Flows to Recipients 273

Appendix C Technical Details 280

References 293

Index 328

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