Journal Special Issue
UNU-WIDER Special Symposium on Aid, Environment and Climate Change

This special section on aid and institutions discusses how they constitute an important element of the global response to interlinked global developmental and environmental challenges. As such, these institutions are now being drawn into new arenas beyond the traditional focus on improving the livelihoods of poor people in low-income countries.

Development aid, by itself, cannot “save the planet.” Nevertheless, development aid and development institutions do have the potential to become important catalytic actors in achieving developmental and global environmental objectives. This requires bold reforms and political action.

Without appropriate restructuring of the international institutional architecture to confront the new development context combined with the necessary complementary policy frameworks, future aid, including aid for environmental objectives, risks substantially under-performing.

Table of contents
  1. Land use in the 21st century: Contributing to the global public good
    Thomas W. Hertel
    More Working Paper | Land, Environment and Climate
  2. REDD+ as result-based aid: General lessons and bilateral agreements of Norway
    Arild Angelsen
    More Working Paper | REDD+ as Performance-Based Aid
  3. Designing global governance for agricultural development and food and nutrition security
    Joachim von Braun
  4. Aid, Environment and Climate Change
    Channing Arndt, Finn Tarp
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