Local Value Co-creation in Development Projects for Climate Adaptation: UNEP-DTU Case Study

Christina Lau

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The climate change adaptation agenda has received increasing attention by international scholars. Especially in developing countries, the adverse impacts of climate change affect the livelihoods of many. Even though the importance to include local perspectives in advancing the agenda is recognized, this thesis adresses the limitations of stakeholder engagement approaches. Based on a case study with UNEP-DTU, I analyse a case of beneficiary- led aid in the context of climate change adaptation in Sri Lanka. Further, based on the findings of the investigated literature and the analysed case, I outline the concept of value co-creation that focuses on the users of aid as co-creators. A model that can potentially overcome the critique of mere participatory approaches. Lastly, I conclude that the inclusion of local perspectives through value co-creation can create numerous benefits to the end-users of aid and development projects to adress the challenges arising from climate change.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture - Business and Development Studies, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages108
SupervisorsSudhanshu Rai