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Climate Change and Poverty Reduction—Where Does Official Development Assistance Money Go?


  • Kalirajan, Kaliappa

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Singh, Kanhaiya

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Thangavelu, Shandre

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Venkatachalam, Anbumozhi

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Perera, Kumidini

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)


There is an urgent need to mainstream the key challenges of climate change into sector and development planning and decision making processes to create sustainable long-term development. Empirical results in this study emphasize that more caution is needed in directing overseas development aid (ODA) towards climate change mitigation and adaptation due to the links between various macroeconomic variables related to growth and poverty reduction.

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  • Kalirajan, Kaliappa & Singh, Kanhaiya & Thangavelu, Shandre & Venkatachalam, Anbumozhi & Perera, Kumidini, 2011. "Climate Change and Poverty Reduction—Where Does Official Development Assistance Money Go?," ADBI Working Papers 318, Asian Development Bank Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0318

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    climate change; overseas development assistance; millennium development goals; technology transfer;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • P33 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - International Trade, Finance, Investment, Relations, and Aid
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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