Program administrators are often faced with the difficult problem of allocating scarce resources
among regions in a country when interventions are aimed at addressing multiple objectives. One main concern is the tradeoff between poverty reduction and improvement of environmental quality. To provide a framework for analysis, this paper develops a model of optimal budget allocation that allows for variations in three factors: administrators' valuation of objectives; their willingness to accept tradeoffs among objectives and regional allotments; and regional administrative costs. The results from an application of this model using information for Lao PDR show that simple poverty indicators alone do not provide consistent guidelines for policy. However, when different poverty indicators are embedded in an optimizing model that incorporates preferences and costs, the resulting provincial allocations are very similar. This suggests that adoption of a formal analytical approach to resource allocation can help promote the harmonization of regional policy guidelines.
The Environmental Protection Agency is about to spend millions looking at how pollution and a crap environment leads to poverty and the general decline of quality of life in the U.S., The New York Times' Green blog reports. It's all part of the agency's commitment to better address environmental injustice.
This year has been designated the International Year for Forests by the United Nations. However, the current state of environment in Uganda is extremely poor given the environment and natural resources degradation which has not left any wetland in Kampala to sieve all the waste and the surface run-off from our cemented impermeable streets.
Just a year and a half into the job, Jairam Ramesh has turned a once-marginal Environment Ministry into a powerful gatekeeper on India's road to prosperity. He's been called an eco-crusader, a "Dr. No" of development and even a buffoon, angering so many investors and politicians that there are constant rumors of his impending dismissal.
Disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and environmental migration: A policy perspectivePosted on: 16 December 2010 - 3:57pm
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