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The Japanese Fast Start Finance contribution

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Written by Smita Nakhooda

Japan has been one of the five largest contributors of development assistance in absolute terms in recent decades. Over the past several years, in particular, Japan has articulated a strong commitment to assisting developing countries in addressing climate change-related issues.

This assessment is one in a series of Open Climate Network (OCN) studies, developed by the World

Resources Institute (WRI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in consultation with a range of experts that aims to shed light on how developed countries are defining, delivering, and reporting Fast Start Finance (FSF) using a common research methodology.

The objectives of the assessments are to:

  • Clarify what major contributor countries have counted as FSF.
  • Quantify FSF, by contributor country, in terms of the institutions through which it flows, the financial instruments it comprises, and the ends – particularly the objectives and recipients– it serves.
  • Identify best practices and areas for improvement in reporting on climate finance.
Takeshi Kuramochi, Noriko Shimizu, Smita Nakhooda, and Taryn Fransen