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View the PDF document Evaluating the effectiveness of aid for climate change in the Pacific Islands region
Author: Vaike, Linda Flora
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.Sc.
Subject: Climatic changes -- Economic aspects -- Oceania -- Evaluation , Economic development projects -- Environmental aspects -- Oceania -- Evaluation
Date: 2015
Call No.: Pac QC 993 .O3 V35 2015
BRN: 1206610
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: Aid effectiveness is a highly debated topic with many researchers exploring various issues since charitable giving began. The topic has received even greater scrutiny since aid has been used as a means to pursue national interests. However, for the Pacific Islands Region, research into issue surrounding aid effectiveness, particularly aid targeted at climate change adaptation, is still at its infancy. The Pacific Islands Region is among other developing regions in the world that depends on foreign aid as a financial resource for development. Climate change emerged as the greatest threat to development in recent decades. Although the region supports the idea of new and additional funding for climate change, the region is also aware that both climate finance and development aid should be utilized in an integrated way to support much needed long term developments. This thesis explores the issue of aid effectiveness in the region, particularly aid for climate change adaptation and the various political and institutional requirements for effective aid and project management. Primary information was obtained through the use of semi-structured interviews with key government and regional organization officers. Secondary research strategies were also employed as part of this research. A thematic content analysis was used to analyse primary data. Based on the results of this research, it is evident that aid for climate change adaptation is not viewed to be effective in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in the region. Four major issues were identified as factors which hinder aid effectiveness in the PICs. This includes: Coordination and Harmonisation, Accessibility to Climate Change Adaptation Funds, Institutional Capacity and Accountability and Transparency. This research also found that, where present, the four factors also affect effectiveness at the grassroots level. The four major factors, along with other relevant issues, form the major dialogue of this thesis. The thesis concludes by v using the information gathered to give recommendations for improving aid effectiveness for climate change adaptation in the PICs.
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