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Greening Aid?: Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance

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  • Hicks, Robert L.

    (Associate Professor of Economics, The College of William and Mary)

  • Parks, Bradley C.

    (Associate Director, Department of Policy and International Relations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation)

  • Roberts, J. Timmons

    (Professor and Director of the Mellon Program in Environmental Studies, The College of William and Mary)

  • Tierney, Michael J.

    (Assistant Professor of Government, The College of William and Mary)

Abstract

Every year, billions of dollars of environmental aid flow from the rich governments of the North to the poor governments of the South. Why do donors provide this aid? What do they seek to achieve? How effective is the aid given? And does it always go to the places of greatest environmental need? From the first Earth Summit in Stockholm in 1972 to the G8 Gleneagles meeting in 2005, the issue of the impact of aid on the global environment has been the subject of vigorous protest and debate. How much progress has there been in improving environmental protection and clean-up in the developing world? What explains the patterns of environmental aid spending and distribution - is it designed to address real problems, achieve geopolitical or commercial gains abroad, or buy political mileage at home? And what are the consequences for the estimated 4 million people that die each year from air pollution, unsafe drinking water, and lack of sanitation? All of these questions and many more are addressed in this groundbreaking text, which is based on the authors' work compiling the most comprehensive dataset of foreign aid ever assembled. By evaluating the likely environment impact of over 400,000 development projects by more than 50 donors to over 170 recipient nations between 1970 and 2001, Greening Aid represents a unique, state of the art picture of what is happening in foreign assistance, and its impact on the environment. Greening Aid explains major trends and shifts over the last three decades, ranks donors according to their performance, and offers case studies which compare and contrast donors and types of environmental aid. Available in OSO: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/oso/public/content/economicsfinance/9780199213948/toc.html

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This book is provided by Oxford University Press in its series OUP Catalogue with number 9780199213948 and published in 2008.

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  1. Tierney, Michael J. & Nielson, Daniel L. & Hawkins, Darren G. & Roberts, J. Timmons & Findley, Michael G. & Powers, Ryan M. & Parks, Bradley & Wilson, Sven E. & Hicks, Robert L., 2011. "More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(11), pages 1891-1906.
  2. Kablan, Sandrine, 2013. "Foreign aid, green cities and buildings," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  3. Sato, Jin, 2011. "State Inaction in Resource Governance:Natural Resource Control and Bureaucratic Oversight in Thailand," Working Papers 36, JICA Research Institute.
  4. Buntaine, Mark T., 2011. "Does the Asian Development Bank Respond to Past Environmental Performance when Allocating Environmentally Risky Financing?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 336-350, March.
  5. Bettina Kretschmer & Michael Hübler & Peter Nunnenkamp, 2010. "Does Foreign Aid Reduce Energy and Carbon Intensities in Developing Countries," Kiel Working Papers 1598, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  6. Alain-Désiré Nimubona & Horatiu Rus, 2011. "Green Technology Transfers and Border Tax Adjustments," Working Papers 1102, University of Waterloo, Department of Economics, revised May 2011.
  7. Michaelowa, Axel & Michaelowa, Katharina, 2011. "Coding Error or Statistical Embellishment? The Political Economy of Reporting Climate Aid," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(11), pages 2010-2020.
  8. Mona Lyne & Daniel Nielson & Michael Tierney, 2009. "Controlling coalitions: Social lending at the multilateral development banks," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, vol. 4(4), pages 407-433, December.
  9. Marcoux, Christopher & Parks, Bradley C. & Peratsakis, Christian M. & Roberts, Timmons & Tierney, Michael J., 2013. "Environmental and climate finance in a new world: How past environmental aid allocation impacts future climate aid," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  10. Åsa Persson, 2009. "Environmental policy integration and bilateral development assistance: challenges and opportunities with an evolving governance framework," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 409-429, November.
  11. B. Mak ARVIN & Zafar KAYANI & Marisa A. SCIGLIANO, 2009. "Environmental Aid and Economic Development in the Third World," International Journal of Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 9(1).
  12. Monika Figaj, 2010. "Who gets environmental aid? The characteristics of global environmental aid distribution," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 12(3), pages 97-114, September.
  13. Jonathan Pickering & Jakob Skovgaard & Soyeun Kim & J. Timmons Roberts & David Rossati & Martin Stadelmann & Hendrikje Reich, 2013. "Acting on Climate Finance Pledges: Inter-Agency Dynamics and Relationships with Aid in Contributor States," CCEP Working Papers 1306, Centre for Climate Economics & Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.

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