Thursday, September 06, 2012

Climate aid and Africa

Contrary to popular belief, a study done in Malawi shows that relatively little donor funding is being channelled towards climate change adaptation  activities in Africa. According to the report, aid funding specific to climate change activities represented less than two per cent of the total donor aid to Malawi in the first study to analyse specifically all climate aid to any single country. Providing such data to disentangle climate-specific aid and map its application with geospatial tools can help compare the effectiveness of climate aid projects, as well as boost donor coordination, say the researchers.  The study analysed all aid to Malawi from September 2011 to May 2012, and was published by the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) programme at the Strauss Center, University of Texas at Austin, United States."Despite all the media attention on climate vulnerability in Malawi and other African countries, there doesn't seem to be much aid going into climate change adaptation in the region," lead researcher, Catherine Weaver said. 

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