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Mobilizing Resources for Supporting Environmental Activities in Developing Countries: The Case of the GEF Trust Fund

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  • Sebastian Miller

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  • Bok-Keun Yu

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Mobilizing sufficient resources is essential for supporting environmental activities in developing countries, and cofinancing is generally considered an important tool to help developing countries increase the resources they need. Moreover, cofinancing should increase ownership of projects by local authorities while improving accountability. The literature, however, has not explored why certain projects receive higher levels of cofinancing than others. This paper attempts to fill this gap by examining the cofinancing ratio and its determinants using projects financed by the GEF Trust Fund. The empirical results confirm that the rules of the fund, requiring different minimum cofinancing ratios by size and focal area of the GEF projects, do matter. Other important factors include funds’ origins (foreign vs. domestic), types of cofinancing sources (reimbursable vs. non- reimbursable) and the particular GEF agencies involved.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4780.

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Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4780

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  1. Gilles Nancy & Boriana Yontcheva, 2006. "Does NGO Aid Go to the Poor? Empirical Evidence From Europe," IMF Working Papers 06/39, International Monetary Fund.
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