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Introduction to the comparative development performance (CDP) approach


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June 12, 2003
Presenter: Jim Cannon and Fulai Sheng (Conservation International)

The Comparative Development Performance (CDP) approach is designed to ensure the use of development funds that is optimal in poverty reduction terms while contributing to environmental conservation. This approach has been applied in the Indonesian Province of Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) to four development scenarios of similar scale but with different spatial implications and found that development concentrated in existing population centers would contribute more to major socioeconomic targets than opening up the wilderness areas.

Two different methodologies have been used to test this approach. In Papua, an adapted version of the Threshold 21 (or T21) model, developed by the Millennium Institute over the last 20 years, was used. It is a system dynamics model capable of modeling the social, economic, and environmental implications of macroeconomic policy changes at the national level. With adaptation, it is now capable of comparing the results of large-scale public investments at sub-national levels.

The key messages from the CDP approach transcend particular methodologies. They are:

  • public funds are limited and we should ensure their optimal use
  • proposed development policies and projects should be compared with alternatives in different sectors and locations for their contributions to poverty reduction
  • public funds should go to support those that score the highest in developmental terms with minimal environmental damages

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