Private Capital Flows and the Environment: Lessons from Latin America

By Bradford S. Gentry | Go to book overview

2. Taxonomy -- Foreign Private Investment in Emerging Markets
In theory at least, these increased flows of private capital to developing countries can and should be used for 'sustainable' development. 1 Actually doing so is a key challenge for environmental policy-makersThat challenge starts with the fact that private capital flows are not monolithic. Deciding how best to bring them to bear on environmental improvements and sustainable development requires many policy-makers to acquire a deeper understanding of.
the nature of the flows;
their environmental implications; and
the pressure points for affecting investor behavior -- while increasing private investment in developing countries.

Each of these areas are explored in this book.

This chapter provides a taxonomy of private capital flows to developing countries. It considers their amounts, types, locations, sectors, and sources. Chapter 3 then looks at the experience with private flows in four Latin American countries. Parts of the book consider their environmental effects (good and bad) as well as the steps that can be taken to increase their environmental benefits.


Amounts -- Globally

The role of ODA as the primary engine of development has been eclipsed by the private sector in many developing countries, including several in Latin America. 2 In the first half of this decade, private capital flows to developing countries more than quintupled from US$44 billion in 1990 to US$243 billion in 1996. 3 These figures compare to average ODA transfers

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