Governing for Resilience: An Annex to the USAID Climate-Resilient Development Framework
This annex to USAID's Climate-Resilient Development Framework explains why governance is essential to climate-resilient development and identifies ways to incorporate it into such planning and activities.
Issues of governance must be considered throughout the climate-resilient development framework. Most, if not all, developing countries face governance weaknesses that hinder their ability to carry out this work.
Addressing governance considerations is therefore critical for ensuring that climate-resilient development activities, particularly those supported by donors and external partners, are more sustainable.
Climate change, it notes, is bringing more challenges to governance, including its effects on society, economies, the environment and politics. It brings an added layer of complexity to non-climate stressors such as population growth and globalization of markets.
Incorporating governance into climate-resilient development can help ensure that efforts to achieve goals will not be undermined by, for example, insufficient enforcement of regulations, inadequate communication with key stakeholders, or poor coordination across government agencies. At the same time, development initiatives that identify and foster policies, laws, and institutional mechanisms that promote and facilitate adaptive governance can significantly strengthen climate resilience.