In the December 2009 Copenhagen Accord developed countries pledged
to provide new and additional resources of USD 30 billion fast start finance
over 2010 to 2012, to be scaled up to USD 100 billion a year by 2020.
This policy brief seeks to raise a small but nearly unaddressed
question in the larger debate about the governance of climate change-related
funds. The influx of these fundswill
require additional staff capacityto
make crucial decisions about, disburse, manage, monitor and evaluate. Who
will do this work? A number of different proposals have been made about
who will control and disburse climate funding after Copenhagen. These are
important questions: obviously each proposal has implications for who will
receive climate funding, and how equitable and efficient this funding is.
Not discussed, however, have been the implications these competing proposals
will have for how many staff will be needed, and where and how they will
work.This raises some basic questions: Where will these new and additional
administrators be employed? How much money will they cost to employ? What
roles will they take on?
This paper provides a rough estimate of the level of staffing
needed to administer the new and additional climate finance by investigating
the current levels of full-time equivalent staff in twelve major international
This paper was produced in conjunction withECBI