Greening Aid?: Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance

Paperback | March 18, 2010

byRobert L. Hicks, Bradley C. Parks, J. Timmons Roberts

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Every year, billions of dollars of environmental aid flow from the rich governments of the North to the poor governments of the South. Why do donors provide this aid? What do they seek to achieve? How effective is the aid given? And does it always go to the places of greatest environmentalneed? From the first Earth Summit in Stockholm in 1972 to the G8 Gleneagles meeting in 2005, the issue of the impact of aid on the global environment has been the subject of vigorous protest and debate. How much progress has there been in improving environmental protection and clean-up in the developingworld? What explains the patterns of environmental aid spending and distribution - is it designed to address real problems, achieve geopolitical or commercial gains abroad, or buy political mileage at home? And what are the consequences for the estimated 4 million people that die each year from airpollution, unsafe drinking water, and lack of sanitation? All of these questions and many more are addressed in this groundbreaking text, which is based on the authors' work compiling the most comprehensive dataset of foreign aid ever assembled. By evaluating the likely environment impact of over 400,000 development projects by more than 50 donors to over170 recipient nations between 1970 and 2001, Greening Aid represents a unique, state of the art picture of what is happening in foreign assistance, and its impact on the environment. Greening Aid explains major trends and shifts over the last three decades, ranks donors according to theirperformance, and offers case studies which compare and contrast donors and types of environmental aid.

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Every year, billions of dollars of environmental aid flow from the rich governments of the North to the poor governments of the South. Why do donors provide this aid? What do they seek to achieve? How effective is the aid given? And does it always go to the places of greatest environmentalneed? From the first Earth Summit in Stockholm ...

Robert L. Hicks is Associate Professor of Economics at The College of William and Mary. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University (B.A., 1991) and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., 1997). His research includes econometric approaches for measuring peoples' preferences for environmental goods, environmental valuation, and the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Contending Theories on Environmental Aid3. Which Donor Nations are Giving Aid to Protect the Environment and Why?4. Outsourcing National Interest: The Puzzle of Why Nations Delegate Environmental Aid to Multilateral Agencies5. To Areas of Need or Geopolitical Interest? How is Environmental Aid Allocated Among Recipient Countries?6. The Local and the Global: Case Studies of Four Types of Environmental Aid7. Conclusion: Two Maps of the WorldAppendix: Data Sources, Measures, Methods, and Coding

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"Do no harm. That's the minimum we should expect of development assistance. But some aid has caused harm - to the environment if not also to development. Aid policies have changed as a result, but has the 'greening' of aid been successful? The evidence previously has been anecdotal. Thiscareful study offers the most systematic treatment of this important subject yet available - a valuable contribution to the study of aid and its environmental consequences" --Scott Barrett, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies