Introduction to supporting public policy that delivers climate-resilient development

IIED is helping government and non-government policymakers and planners design, implement and evaluate public policy responses to climate change. 

Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China (Photo: Simon Lim)

The effects of climate change are already widespread and costly, and are likely to increase in the future. Government and non-government policymakers and planners will play a key role in responding to the impacts of climate change. Policies, budgets and institutional frameworks can all either help or hinder efforts to deliver equitable and climate-resilient development. 

Because of the size, uncertainty and cross-cutting nature of climate change impacts, policymakers from both state and non-state organisations will need to take a flexible, holistic and integrated approach. 

IIED can help policymakers shape public policy responses that can deliver climate-resilient development for the most poor. Our work is research based and focuses on understanding what drives public policy responses to climate change. We aim to:

  • Help policymakers better understand the political economy in which public policy responses for climate-resilient development are embedded. For example, we help governments make better-informed investments that integrate climate change resilience and poverty alleviation
  • Develop knowledge systems that policymakers can use for climate-resilient planning
  • Design flexible, inclusive and integrated institutional arrangements for constructing, delivering and evaluating climate-resilient development outcomes. 

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For more information contact: Nanki Kaur (, principal researcher, Climate Change

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