Parallel Session 5.1: How Programmatic Approach to Building Resilience Can Bring Transformation: Lessons from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (CIF)


The use of a programmatic approach is often cited as a distinct feature and comparative advantage of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The CIF is the only climate fund to date to prioritize a programmatic approach as its primary model of delivery.

Under the CIF’s Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), the programmatic approach provided an opportunity to several countries most vulnerable to climate change to create an enabling environment and improve capacity of institutions to mainstream adaptation into national planning, sectoral strategies and project investments. This in turn enabled or reinforced some of the dimensions of transformational change—relevance, scaling, systemic change, and sustainability.


The overall objective of this session is to allow panelists and participants, using their country context and experience, to discuss the merits and challenges in implementing the programmatic approach to deliver systemic impacts and build resilience.

Specifically, the session aims to discuss the following key questions:

  • What activities or processes have you implemented differently and possibly more effectively because of the programmatic approach? What do you think are the key elements of this approach that enabled you to do this?
  • What are and have been the challenges you encountered in implementing the programmatic approach and how did you overcome these challenges?
  • What do you think are the valuable lessons emerging from the application of programmatic approach in PPCR that are relevant to countries preparing and executing their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)? What synergies can be explored between PPCR and the NAP stream?

Expected outcomes

The presentation and discussion during the session hopes to offer useful insights on how a programmatic approach—through country-led process, broad stakeholder engagement, and long-term and strategic arrangement of linked investment projects and activities aimed at achieving large-scale impacts—can spur transformation and lead countries to a climate-resilient development path. It will establish a clear linkage on how the experience and knowledge in the PPCR process can be useful for the countries to facilitate formulation and implementation  of the NAPs.

Draft agenda

Session Speakers

  • Chitembo Chunga, National Coordinator, PPCR Zambia
  • Isidro Fote, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Ministry of Land, Environment, and Rural Development, Mozambique
  • Elizabeth Akauola, Policy and Planning Officer, Department of Climate Change
  • Kazi Fateha Ahmed, Climate Change Specialist PPCR Focal Point, World Bank
  • Kouassi Emmanuel Kouadio, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Climate Investment Funds (Presenter)
  • Regina Nesiama, Operations officer, Climate Investment Funds (Moderator)

Sectoral issues