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Bearing the climate burden: how households in Bangladesh are spending too much

Shaikh Eskander, Paul Steele

Issue paper, 32 pages

The debate on climate finance in many climate-vulnerable developing countries tends to focus on finance provided by national governments and international donors. Yet the financial contribution of individual households in combatting the risks of climate change and extreme weather events is almost entirely ignored.

As direct sufferers of climate change, households are not passive – they are the silent but largest source of climate finance. We demonstrate this with evidence from Bangladesh, comparing household contributions to climate finance with contributions from government and international donors.

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