Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

Method of Support
Co-financing, Concessional loans, Grants
Eligible Countries
Those countries that are eligible for official development assistance according to the OECD with an active in-country multilateral development bank program. Priority is given to vulnerable Least Developed Countries, including Small Island Developing States.
Funds Pledged
USD 1,200 million
Funds Received
USD 1,099.6 million
Funds Approved
USD 1,873.9 million
Funds Disbursed
USD 145.9 million
Source: The Climate Investment Funds. "PPCR Semi-Annual Operational Report." (As of Dec 2015)
TIPS by USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific

The initial round of PPCR funds has been fully allocated. It is not clear if there will be a second round of funding under the CIF. The lessons learned from the “pilot” nature of the PPCR will need to be analyzed first.

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), which provides financing to pilot new development approaches or to scale up activities aimed at addressing specific climate change challenges. The SCF is part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) established by the World Bank and other regional development banks in July 2008. The PPCR aims to fund national-level actions that enhance climate resilience and integrate adaptation into core development planning. Building on National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and other existing efforts, the PPCR also offers additional funding to pilot innovative public and private sector solutions to pressing climate-related risks.
Target area
The PPCR provides grants and concessional financing (near-zero interest credits with a 75% grant) to support a wide range of activities, including: Improving agricultural practices and food security; Building climate-resilient water supply and sanitation infrastructure; Monitoring and analyzing weather data; and Conducting feasibility studies for climate-resilient housing in coastal areas.  The PPCR pilot programs are intended to be country-led; built upon NAPAs and other relevant country studies and strategies; and strategically aligned with the Adaptation Fund and other donor-funded activities.
How to access the fund
Countries can access the PPCR through the development banks working in their country by providing an expression of interest in response to a call from the CIF. The PPCR Sub-Committee conducts an expert review, identifying specific regional or country pilot programs and agreeing to an overall amount. Specific projects are then prepared within that programmed amount. These proposals are subsequently submitted to the PPCR Sub-Committee for specific approval.
Approval process

Recipient countries are selected by a PPCR expert group based on criteria including the following:

  • Transparency and vulnerability;
  • Country preparedness and its ability to move towards climate-resilient development plans;
  • Country distribution across regions (or the extent to which countries are regionally representative);
  • Types of hazards; and
  • Replicability and sustainability.

The PPCR Sub-Committee also ensures that their programs complement the activities of other development partners (including the Global Environment Facility and other UN organizations), in order to maximize synergies and avoid overlap.

It is important to note that the PPCR aims to fund longerterm programs that add value and promote greater impact, as opposed to funding individual projects.

Examples of supported project in Asia and the Pacific