What makes internationally-financed climate change adaptation projects focus on local communities? A configurational analysis of 30 Adaptation Fund projects

O.P. Manuamorn*, R. Biesbroek, V. Cebotari

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This study systematically assesses conditions that influence the focus on vulnerable local communities in internationally-financed adaptation projects. Using the Adaptation Fund (AF) under the Kyoto Protocol as the case study, we apply fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to analyze 30 AF projects to identify specific configurations of conditions that lead to a stronger or weaker community focus in project design. We find that the absence of high exposure to projected future climate risks is a necessary condition for a weaker community focus in AF projects. Three configurations of sufficient conditions are identified that lead to a stronger community focus. They involve the contextual factors of projected future climate risks, civil society governance, and access modality to AF financing. In particular, AF projects with a stronger community focus are stimulated by the sole presence of higher exposure to projected future climate risks in a group of countries, and by the complementary roles of civil society governance and the access modality to the AF in others
Original languageEnglish
Article number102035
Number of pages18
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

JEL classifications

  • o13 - "Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products"


  • adaptation fund
  • cba
  • civil-society
  • climate change adaptation
  • community
  • decentralization
  • environment
  • governance
  • international adaptation finance
  • mechanisms
  • policy
  • qualitative comparative analysis (qca)
  • qualitative comparative-analysis
  • risk
  • vulnerability
  • CBA
  • Adaptation Fund
  • International adaptation finance
  • Climate change adaptation
  • RISK
  • Governance
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
  • Community

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