How much aid goes to climate-sensitive activities?
Donor agencies are increasingly interested in incorporating climate change concerns in their core development activities. The World Bank, GTZ and Norad, to cite some prom inent examples, have reported on the extent to which climate risks are factored into their ongoing development assistance activities (Burton and van Aalst, 1999, 2004; Klein, 2001; Eriksen and Naess, 2003). A comprehensive evaluation of the extent to which development activities are affected by climate change would require detailed assessments of all relevant projects and consideration of site-specific clim atechange impacts, both of which are beyond the scope of this analysis. Instead, this article seeks to determine what proportion of total aid portfolios may be in sectors potentially affected by climate risk, where climate change concerns may thus need to be taken into account. This is accomplished through an analysis of the data from the OECD/World Bank Creditor Reporting System (CRS) database of official flows3 for the six developing countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, Tanzania, Uruguay, Nepal and Fiji) that were examined for this study.