November 28, 2010

Old Wine in New Bottles? The Shift of Development Aid towards Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

by Axel Michaelowa and Katharina Michaelowa

- Since the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio 1992, bi- and multilateral donors stress that development assistance has increasingly been oriented towards climate friendly interventions. With respect to energy aid, this should lead to a substantial increase of projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. We use the new project-level aid (PLAID) database of over 750,000 aid activities for 21 OECD DAC donor countries to assess whether such a reorientation has indeed taken place.

Axel Michaelowa and Katharina Michaelowa (2010). "Old Wine in New Bottles? The Shift of Development Aid towards Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency." CIS Working Paper No. 58, Jul 2010.