Disasters, Climate Change and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons and Directions

Disasters, Climate Change and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons and Directions

Author: 
Chhibber, Ajay
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date published: 
2008
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Responsibility: 
Laajaj, Rachid, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Journal of African Economies
Source: 
Journal of African Economies, Vol.17,No. Supplement 2, 2008,pp7-49
Abstract: 

This paper explores the links among natural disasters, climate change and economic development, and attempts to outline a framework for considering these links. The paper summarises the limited knowledge of the long-term economic impact of natural disasters. Drawing links among disasters, resource management, conflicts and other transmission channels is a necessary condition to develop an appropriate response. The paper argues that African governments along with their development partners need to develop a more robust adaptation and response capability to disasters as part of development planning. The paper makes the case for more market-based financing mechanisms than have been used hitherto and an emphasis on forecasting research. It also argues for more work on the links between climate change and disasters and a new way of looking at disaster resilience as a continuum to development strategy.

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CITATION: Chhibber, Ajay. Disasters, Climate Change and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons and Directions . : Oxford University Press (OUP) , 2008. Journal of African Economies, Vol.17,No. Supplement 2, 2008,pp7-49 - Available at: http://library.au.int/disasters-climate-change-and-economic-development-sub-saharan-africa-lessons-and-directions-2