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Despite decades of international political emphasis, little is known about the in-country determinants of technology transfer for climate change mitigation. We draw upon the conclusions of a series of standardised, official governmental statements of technology priorities, coupled with questionnaire-based data collection, to shed light on the nature of those determinants. We find that there is a disconnect between what developing country governments perceive as the key enablers of, and barriers to, technology transfer, and what bilateral and multilateral technology transfer programmes can offer, given budgetary constraints and the logic of development aid spending. We show that the well-established notion of making climate change mitigation actions an integral part of sound development plans is especially relevant for technology transfer. We offer pointers as to how this might be done in practice, in the context of the ‘technology action plans’ developed as part of the United Nations-sponsored technology needs assessment process.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)659-669
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018
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    Research areas

  • Development aid for climate change, Technology mechanism, Technology needs assessment, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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