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The Environment for Development (EfD) initiative is an environmental economics programme focused on capacity building, international research collaboration, policy advice, and academic training. The overall objective is to support poverty alleviation and sustainable development through the increased use of environmental economics in the policy making process. EfD includes research centers in Central America, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania, in partnership with the Environmental Economics Unit at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Resources for the Future in Washington, DC.
EfD is implemented by the following host institutions: CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, Costa Rica), Peking University, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), University of Cape Town, University of Dar es Salaam, Resources for the Future in Washington DC, and University of Gothenburg. EfD is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida).
EfD's mission and vision is one of commitment sustainable economic growth founded on efficient management of ecosystems, natural resources and climate change impacts. In addition, they strive to contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable development through increased use of environmental economics’ capacity, tools and instruments in policy design and policy-making processes pertaining to management of ecosystems, natural resources and climate change impacts.
The EfD Initiative builds on more than 20 years of capacity building in environmental economics. During the implementation of the capacity building program, four gaps have been identified as the; analytical, empirical, communication and institutional gaps. These gaps reduce the use of environmental economics analysis in key policies in developing countries and EfD works to overcome them.
EfD is currently working through its strategic plan, which was put in place in 2013, to address these gaps and fulfill their mission.