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05 May 2015

Tracking Climate Aid in Africa: The Case of the World Bank

In 2014, the CCAPS research team reviewed, coded, and analyzed all World bank projects implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa for five years, from 2008 to 2012 inclusive, in an effort to discern trends in climate change adaptation and financing in the region by one of the leading providers of developement finance.

Justin Baker, Emmy Griffin, Krista Rasmussen, and Catherine Weaver discuss these trends and findings in the latest research brief by the CCAPS program, Tracking Climate Aid in Africa: The Case of the World Bank. The study finds that the World Bank's reported numbers on the climate co-benefits of its projects are not only valid, but potentially even underreporting the climate relevance of its programs. Results confirmed a significant level of climate-oriented development financing, based on both the amount of World Bank committed funds and the number of its projects and activities.  The authors note that "this is good news and a sign that one of the most important aid donors in the world is indeed greening."

 After summarizing several findings from this newly coded dataset, Research Brief No. 32 discusses the policy relevance of tracking climate change financing for the World Bank, recipient country governments, and development initiatives in order to improve climate adaptation strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

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