Climate Change | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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Climate Change


People across the world are struggling with the everyday realities of climate change. The poor in developing countries are hit hardest and face difficult challenges: How to deal with higher temperatures, changes in rain patterns, rising sea levels, and more frequent weather-related disasters? How to adapt to climate change? How to mitigate the risks for agriculture, food, and water supplies? In addition, cities are growing and in 20 years, almost 5 billion people will live in cities that will emit about three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gases. At stake are recent gains in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, and the lives and livelihood of billions of people in developing countries. Low carbon economic development that is climate-friendly and climate-resilient will require huge leaps forward in innovation, knowledge sharing, and capacity building.

The World Bank Institute’s Climate Change (WBICC) team works to enhance capacity in developing countries to address climate change, to help mobilize resources and to support changes in strategies, policies and investments that enable a shift to low emissions development path and increase resilience to climate change.


WBICC programs focus on (i) Climate-Smart Agriculture in Landscape Management, (ii) Sustainable Energy, and (iii) Low Emissions Development Planning and Financing.  WBICC’s capacity building efforts focus on raising awareness and support of decision-makers, connecting development practitioners to networks of peers facing similar climate change challenges around the world, scanning and incubating innovative solutions with tools and global knowledge of good practices, and helping to design and implement locally appropriate solutions.

WBICC works with the World Bank’s regional and network teams, as also with its private sector arm, the International finance Corporation, to support capacity development for climate change. We operate mainly through three business lines, (i) Structured Learning that helps transfer “how to” knowledge to practitioners, and builds awareness and support for policymakers;  (ii) Collaborative governance: convening networks of practitioners across countries and regions to share good practices and form coalitions to find common solutions for strategies, policies and investments, and (iii) Scanning for innovative solutions from within and outside the Bank that draws knowledge from applied research and successful development pilots, projects and policies. These lines are delivered through a number of platforms, including the WBI E-Institute, South-South knowledge sharing, networks and regional and global fora.

The three WBICC capacity building programs at a glance

  • Climate –Smart Agriculture in Landscape Management:
    Feeding nine billion people by 2050, and increasing food production by 70%, are among the biggest challenges we face, amid mounting scientific evidence of climate change and resultant impacts on food security and poverty.   WBI's Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) program offers a “triple win”: increased agricultural productivity, enhanced resilience to climate change and at the same time,  sequestering carbon through enriched soil organics, helping mitigate climate change impacts. 

    CSA alone is not enough, and should form an integral part of sustainable landscape management. If you are working on these subjects, if you are policy maker, practitioner, or educator, you may find our service useful. We "translate" showcases into succinct learning products, which you will find practical, visual and easy-to-understand.  We connect people who work on similar subjects to share knowledge, in raising awareness of good practices and innovative approaches.

  • Sustainable Energy:
    Sustainable energy is central to the climate change challenge because a key contributor to global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) is the absolute dependence on convention fossil fuel as a source of energy.  WBICC's Energy program focuses on promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources enabling partner countries to develop relevant policies, access finance and support sustainable energy technologies. WBICC brings together the knowledge, experience and insight of policy makers, technical experts, practitioners and stakeholders from across the world, to identify and implement solutions to support the development of a climate friendly energy sector.
  • Low Emissions Development Planning and Financing:
    This program supports efforts to develop Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as these products emerge from the climate negotiations.  The WBICC LED team has integrated the broader climate change mitigation action concepts into its work program, which had previously focused on carbon finance at project and programmatic level.  The program offers structured learning and south-south knowledge exchange initiatives, as well as supports scaling-up of innovative solutions as part of collaborative governance networks and coalitions (e.g. through the WBI Mitigation Action Implementation Network (WBI MAIN).

The WBICC programs are supported by the World Bank’s own resources and by the Carbon Finance-Assist Trust Fund.

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