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In this concluding chapter, we first briefly look back at the research question and the research design of this book, as well as the theoretical expectations we derived from theory and past work for our empirical analyses. We then draw together our findings from the empirical analyses, both quantitative and qualitative. We briefly summarise key results, with a focus on similarities and differences across the three stages of our empirical analysis. To what extent do donors keep their promises and provide adaptation aid with priority to the most vulnerable? What about other factors? How do recipient merit and donor interests influence adaptation aid allocation? How do these factors play out at the aggregate level for all donors combined, and at the country level for Germany, Sweden, and the UK? How do the results for the case study countries differ from the aggregate results, but also from each other? To what extent, and how, do the interviews confirm or depart from the statistical results?
KeywordsRecipient Merit Germany Sweden United Kingdom Donor Interests Recipient Need Allocation Stage
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