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Challenging the Development Paradigm: assessing accountability and equity of global institutions in climate-change governance responses to the poor

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Principal Investigator: Susannah Harding Mayhew

On a planet in which all countries and sectors are increasingly interconnected, climate change affects people and societies around the world, at all levels. Responding to the long term, complex impacts of climate change presents a governance challenge at global level. Without equitable and accountable structures and processes of policy and decision making it will not be possible to achieve a global response to climate change, or to ensure the sustainability of economic development.

This three year research programme aims to examine how global and national organisations tasked with responding to climate change-induced threats to poverty-alleviation and public health, are preparing themselves institutionally to meet these challenges. Using primarily qualitative methods and an adapted version of the Global Accountability Framework (One World Trust 2006-8), it asks how these actors remain responsive and accountable to their key stakeholders, especially those poorest and most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, and examines the power structures and relations that affect accountable governance.

The outputs of the research include a conceptual framework and practical tools to better understand the role and dimensions of accountability and promote this in the context of the governance and provision of global public goods and sustainable development.

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Epidemiology and Population Health
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July 1st, 2010
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November 30th, 2013
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