The increasing intensity and frequency of climate related shocks, as well as it’s diverse, localised manifestations means that the costs of addressing climate change are likely to fall disproportionately on local government. Yet, in many countries climate finance is managed at the national level and is not effectively trickling down to the subnational level. Country systems are often weakest at the local level, where with the presence of a large number of stakeholders, basic co-ordination becomes challenging. Despite these (and other) common challenges, it is becoming increasingly clear that an effective climate change response must put local governments at the centre. For instance, non-governmental actors often implement climate related programmes directly, making it difficult for local government to co-ordinate or ensure that the climate response is aligned with local development plans and that relevant climate finance plays a role in financing sustainable development at the local level.
This paper proposes a Framework by which practitioners can support local governments to better manage climate responses at the local level (see Figure 6) and deliver their long-term development plans. It is a proposal to strengthen integrated programming at the local level – that is, programmes