Based on a literature review and expert interviews, this paper analyzes the most important climate impacts on development goals and explores relevant institutions in the context of mainstreaming climate adaptation into development assistance in Mozambique. Climate variability and change can significantly hinder progress toward attaining the Millennium Development Goals and poverty aggravates the country’s climate vulnerability. Because Mozambique is one of the major recipients of official development assistance in the world, there is a clear interest in ensuring that the risks of climate impacts are incorporated into the country’s development investments. A screening of donor activities at the subnational level shows that a high share of development assistance is invested in climate-sensitive sectors, partly in areas that are particularly exposed to droughts, floods, and cyclones. The authors find that Mozambique has a supportive legislative environment and donors have a high awareness of climate risks. However, limited individual, organizational, networking, and financial capacity constrain mainstreaming initiatives. Given strong limitations at the national level, bilateral and multilateral donors can play a key role in fostering institutional capacity in Mozambique.

Author names: 
Sietz, D.
Boschütz, M.
Klein, R. J.
Lotsch, A.

Sietz, D., Boschütz, M., Klein, R. J., & Lotsch, A. (Eds.). (2008). Mainstreaming climate adaptation into development assistance in Mozambique : institutional barriers and opportunities. Washington, DC : World Bank, Development Research Group, Sustainable Rural and Urban Development Team. Retrieved from

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