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The climate change agenda in Zambia National interests and the role of development cooperation

This working paper aims to deepen understanding of the climate change agenda in Zambia. It focuses on three features: It provides an overview of the disaster management and climate change framework at national level, it examines the role and extent of aid to climate change, and it discusses the interests of the central government in climate change. The paper finds that donors have played a central role in nurturing and influencing the climate change agenda in Zambia, and in developing the institutional framework for disaster management and climate change. Government interests related to climate change include securing funding for civil service activities on the ground; addressing sensitive political aspects of disasters and food security; and dealing with possible threats to the national economy and political stability.