National climate change governance

Without the rapid implementation of pro-poor, climate-informed development policies, climate change impacts could result in 100 million more people in extreme poverty by 2030. Development policies need to consider climate risk scenarios while expanding ‘no-regrets’ social protection programmes that provide benefits to vulnerable populations under different climate scenarios.

This Topic Guide looks at climate change governance and the political economy of climate policy development and implementation at the national scale. It aims to help donor agency staff better support country partners in implementing climate and sustainable development policy that is equitable, effective and coherent and that can adapt to changing circumstances. It highlights national procedural, policy, institutional, political, economic and social-behavioural challenges and identifies potential entry points for addressing them. It is intended for both climate change and governance advisors.

About this Topic Guide

This Topic Guide was written by Jesse Worker (World Resources Institute). Its production was supported by the UK Government.

GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Gotelind Alber, Thomas Bernauer, Harriet Bulkeley, Rebecca Carter, Nicholas Leader, Matthew Lockwood, Heather McGray, Nick Mabey, Peter Newell, Mark Robinson, Eliza Northrop and David Waskow.

Suggested citation

Worker, J. (2017). National climate change governance: Topic guide. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.