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 funds will require additional staff capacity to 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 development agencies.
This paper was produced in conjunction with ECBI