Research for this article was carried out through the Political Economy of Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development project, coordinated by IDS and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The views expressed here are the views of the authors and do not represent the views or policies of IDS, DFID, or the UK government.
Towards an Understanding of the Political Economy of the PPCR
Article first published online: 5 MAY 2011
© 2011 The Authors. IDS Bulletin © 2011 Institute of Development Studies
Special Issue: Political Economy of Climate Change
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 33–41, May 2011
How to Cite
Seballos, F. and Kreft, S. (2011), Towards an Understanding of the Political Economy of the PPCR. IDS Bulletin, 42: 33–41. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2011.00220.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 5 MAY 2011
While an analysis of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is inseparable from wider discussion on adaptation finance, this article primarily focuses on the drivers and ideologies that shaped the PPCR governance and delivery structures. The core narrative of mainstreaming adaptation into development through a process of government-centred policy reform challenges many principles of the UNFCCC process. Utilising the structures of international financing institutions as implementing agencies, heightens this tension. The central idea of mainstreaming adaptation through climate-proofing existing development initiatives utilises the standard economic growth narrative. This climate ‘add-on’ approach to development allows the World Bank Group and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) to claim a space in managing future climate finance flows. This drive by the Bank plays out in the exclusivity of the design process for the PPCR and through the implementation modalities, which severely curtail opportunities for multi-stakeholder dialogue and thus the potential for development of broad country ownership of programmes.