Climate change

Expert Workshop on Climate Resilience and Economic Growth in Developing Countries, 24 April 2013


This Expert Workshop focused on the opportunities and challenges for developing countries to integrate projected climate impacts into their planning for economic growth.

The event brought together public officials from developing countries, academic experts and practitioners from development co-operation agencies, international organisations and the private sector. This workshop was held to inform the development of a project on integrating climate resilience into growth and development planning.

The first session focused specifically on the experiences from two country case studies: Colombian and Ethiopian policy-makers presented their respective national strategies for delivering adaptation to climate impacts and economic growth. The subsequent sessions focused on the key challenges of managing the risk of potential macroeconomic impacts and providing policy frameworks to encourage the private sector to prepare for climate change. The final session discussed remaining challenges and limits to adaptation, and the potential role of international assistance in supporting developing countries to integrate adaptation and growth planning.

Agenda - Summary note - List of Participants

Presentations are available below: 


  • Welcoming Remarks: Anthony Cox, Head of Climate Change, Water and Biodiversity Division, OECD
  • Background to OECD work on Climate Resilience and Economic Growth – OECD Background Note prepared for the workshop: Michael Mullan, Team Lead Climate Change Adaptation and Development, OECD
Session 1 Links between Climate Resilience and Economic Growth
  • Overview of the connections between climate change, economic growth and resilience

                 o Sam Fankhauser (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, London School of Economics)

  • Overview of Colombia’s and Ethiopia’s strategies for delivering climate-resilience economic growth
                 o  For Colombia, Silvia Calderón (National Planning Department)
                 o  For Ethiopia, Nurmeded Jemal Abdelselam (Environmental Protection
                     Authority) and Zerihun Getu Mekuria (Ministry of Finance and Economic

Session 2 Key challenge: Managing Risk at the Macroeconomic Scale
  Lead speaker: Marc Gordon (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)

Session 3 Key challenge: The Private Sector and Climate-Resilient Development
  Lead speaker: Vladimir Stenek (International Finance Corporation)


Session 4

Bringing together the Adaptation and Growth Framework

  • Key challenges to taking a macroeconomic approach to climate resilience
                 o  David Kaluba (Ministry of Finance, Zambia)
                 o  Discussant: Tadele Farede (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)

  • The role of international assistance in supporting the integration of climate resilience and growth
                 o  Richard Klein (Stockholm Environment Institute)
                 o  Discussant: Annika Olsson (UK Department for International Development)

This event benefitted from financial support from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Contacts: Michael Mullan (, Eva Hübner ( and Nick Kingsmill (

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