Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation into Development Assistance in Mozambique: Institutional Barriers and Opportunities

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Diana Sietz

CGIAR - International Potato Center

Maria Boschütz

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)

Richard J. T. Klein

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Alexander Lotsch

World Bank

Date Written: September 1, 2008


Based on a literature review and expert interviews, this paper analyzes the most important climate impacts on development goals and explores relevant institutions in the context of mainstreaming climate adaptation into development assistance in Mozambique. Climate variability and change can significantly hinder progress toward attaining the Millennium Development Goals and poverty aggravates the country's climate vulnerability. Because Mozambique is one of the major recipients of official development assistance in the world, there is a clear interest in ensuring that the risks of climate impacts are incorporated into the country's development investments. A screening of donor activities at the sub-national level shows that a high share of development assistance is invested in climate-sensitive sectors, partly in areas that are particularly exposed to droughts, floods, and cyclones. The authors find that Mozambique has a supportive legislative environment and donors have a high awareness of climate risks. However, limited individual, organizational, networking, and financial capacity constrain mainstreaming initiatives. Given strong limitations at the national level, bilateraland multilateral donors can play a key role in fostering institutional capacity in Mozambique.

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Economics & Policies, Population Policies, Common Property Resource Development, Global Environment Facility

Suggested Citation

Sietz, Diana and Boschütz, Maria and Klein, Richard J.T. and Lotsch, Alexander, Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation into Development Assistance in Mozambique: Institutional Barriers and Opportunities (September 1, 2008). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2008. Available at SSRN:

Diana Sietz (Contact Author)

CGIAR - International Potato Center ( email )

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Maria Boschütz

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)

Potsdam, Brandenburg 14412

Richard J.T. Klein

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) ( email )

11 Curtis Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-1224

Alexander Lotsch

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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