Adapting development cooperation to adapt to climate change

Shardul Agrawala*, Maarten Van Aalst

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

58 Citations (Scopus)


Climate change can affect the efficiency with which development resources are invested and the eventual achievement of many development objectives. Drawing upon illustrative case studies in six developing countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Tanzania, Uruguay, Nepal and Fiji, this article examines the synergies and trade-offs involved in integrating adaptation to climate change in development cooperation activities. Key barriers facing such integration are identified. An agenda is proposed for enhancing development efforts by mainstreaming climate risk management, organized around improving the usability of climate information, developing and testing climate risk screening tools, employing appropriate entry points for climate information, focusing more on implementation, and improving coordination and sharing of good practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalClimate policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptation
  • Climate change vulnerability
  • Climate risk management
  • Development
  • Development assistance
  • Poverty reduction
  • Risk
  • Sustainable development
  • Synergy


Dive into the research topics of 'Adapting development cooperation to adapt to climate change'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this