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Key Message

Increasingly, we are seeing mitigation, adaptation and development objectives bundled under "Prosperity and Resiliency" agendas. This bundling has broadened the mitigation tent, with climate-focused overseas development assistance starting to prioritize investments with multiple co-benefits.


Jo-Ellen Parry· Jo-Ellen Parry
Deputy Director, Climate Change and Energy
Anne Hammill· Anne Hammill
Program Leader, Adaptation and Risk Reduction
Philip Gass· Philip Gass
Project Manager
Livia Bizikova· Livia Bizikova
Senior Researcher
Julie Dekens· Julie Dekens
Project Manager
Melissa Harris· Melissa Harris
Project Manager
Peter Wooders· Peter Wooders
Senior Economist
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Research and Communications Officer
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Project Officer and Economist
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Project Officer
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Project Officer
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Senior Associate
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Douglas Russell· Douglas Russell
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Climate Change and Energy

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