Commonwealth Secretariat Discussion Paper

The Discussion Paper series raises awareness of topics that are of importance to Commonwealth work programmes. Discussion Papers explore an issue relating to research or programme activities and provoke debate on it. The intended readership is researchers and policy advisers.


Debt Swaps for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

A Commonwealth Proposal

The high debt burdens of small states, particularly countries in the Caribbean, are seriously hampering international efforts to build resilience against the effects of climate change. This discussion paper introduces the Commonwealth multilateral debt-for-climate swap initiative – a proposal that would provide significant debt relief for small states and unlock pledged climate finance to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. The paper explains how the initiative would work in practice and examines the costs to donors and other key points for consideration.


JEL: F55: International Economics / International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy / International Institutional Arrangements; F35: International Economics / International Finance / Foreign Aid
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