- What do World Bank Task Team Leaders need to know about meeting policy commitments?
- What are the IDA17 climate change policy commitments?
- Who is responsible for meeting the commitments?
- What do I need to do to meet the commitments?
- What systems, tools, and knowledge portals are available to support risk screening of projects?
- Who can help me to ensure that I am in compliance with the IDA commitments?
- Why did the World Bank develop these screening tools?
- Who are the screening tools for?
- What do the tools do?
- Will the tools be updated?
- What do I need to apply the tools?
- Which tool should I use?
- How can I learn more about the tools without actually using them?
- Is there a way to get trained in using the tools?
- What other tools are available for climate and disaster risk assessment?
- Do I have to create a log in account?
- Who else will have access to my account information?
- What should I do if have trouble using or completing a tool?
- How can I provide feedback?
- How should the tools be referenced?
MEETING CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY COMMITMENTS
TOOL PURPOSE & BACKGROUND
GETTING STARTED USING THE TOOLS
TOOL DETAILS & TECHNICAL HELP
What do World Bank Task Team Leaders need to know about meeting policy commitments?
The International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries. As part of the IDA 17 Replenishment of $52 billion in December 2013, IDA Deputies agreed to a number of policy commitments, including five that fall under the special theme for climate change.
What are the IDA17 climate change policy commitments?
- All International Development Association (IDA) Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs) incorporate climate and disaster risk considerations into the analysis of the country's development challenges and priorities and, when agreed with the country, incorporate such considerations in the content of the programs and the results framework.
- Screen all new IDA operations for short- and long-term climate change and disaster risks and, where risks exist, integrate appropriate resilience measures.
- Scale up support to IDA countries to develop and implement country-led, multi-sectoral plans and investments for managing climate and disaster risk in development in at least 25 additional IDA countries.
- Support the efforts of IDA countries to develop national energy action plans and investment prospectuses to achieve the Sustainable Energy for All objective of universal access to energy by 2030.
- Enhance monitoring by: (i) expanding climate finance coding system to cover tracking of economic and sector work (ESW) and non-lending technical assistance (NLTA) that address climate change issues in IDA countries; and (ii) piloting a coding system to measure the share of IDA investments with disaster risk management co-benefits.
The screening tools have been developed to assist with the first two of these commitments. These commitments apply to all IDA 17 operations that have a concept note review date after 1 July 2014. They also apply to all types of operations that involve the use of IDA resources (investment projects, development policy operations, additional financing, Program for Results (PforR), and emergency operations) and to concept notes of CPFs.
Who is responsible for meeting the commitments?
For IDA 17 Commitment 1:
- Regions are responsible for incorporating climate and disaster risk considerations into the analysis of the of the country’s development challenges and priorities in the Country Partnership Framework (CPF). This policy commitment is effective for CPFs with a concept note prepared after 1 July 2014. Under the Bank Group’s new country engagement model, the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) is a precursor to the CPF. Task teams are strongly encouraged to incorporate climate and disaster risk considerations in SCDs to support CPF preparation and to align it with the IDA17 policy commitments.
- Global Practices (GPs) are responsible for screening all of their IDA 17 operations for climate and disaster risk and to include appropriate resilience measures. This commitment applies to all operations with a concept note review date after 1 July 2014. Screening is required for all operations, including Development Policy Financing (DPFs), Program for Results (PforR), additional financing, and emergency operations. Screening should take place at early stages of the development of an operation, that is, before concept note review. Where risks exist, appropriate resilience measures need to be integrated into project design, and the Project Appraisal Document (PAD) / Program Document (for DPFs) should reflect this.
What do I need to do to meet the commitments?
To meet IDA 17 Commitment 1 – Incorporating climate and disaster risk considerations into Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs) – please do the following:
The GCCVP provides screening support to GPs through the following: (i) The Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools, a help desk (email@example.com), and trainings that are offered on a frequent basis; (ii) GP tailored clinics and “train the trainer” sessions are offered to support GP-specific application of the tools; and (iii) support is offered to GPs in identifying a tailored set of GP-specific potential climate and disaster risks.
- Work within the responsible region to start incorporating climate and disaster risk considerations into the analysis of your country’s development challenges and priorities in preparation for the CPF. The Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools have been developed as a resource to facilitate decision making in meeting this commitment. Under the Bank Group’s new country engagement model, the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) is a precursor to the CPF. Task teams are strongly encouraged to incorporate climate and disaster risk considerations in SCDs to support CPF preparation and to align it with the IDA17 policy commitments.
- The Climate Change Group (GCCVP) will support SCD/CPF teams through the following: (i) In collaboration with GPs environment and urban/rural/social, a coordinated and early engagement with SCD/CPF teams is offered to guide teams on incorporating climate and disaster risk considerations; (ii) SCD/CPF teams are being supported in applying the national and policy level climate and disaster risk screening tools through tailored hands-on sessions; and (iii) off-the-shelf data/information is being provided for all teams, and as requested, additional on-demand support is provided in a coordinated way with GPs environment and urban/rural/social.
- During the early planning stages of an operation, ask the question: Are there any short- or long-term climate change or disaster risks that could affect the sustainability of the operation’s outputs and outcomes?
- Based on available knowledge and data (see resources below), make an informed decision on potential risks, and implications for outputs and outcomes. The World Bank Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools can be used to facilitate decision making. If potential risks are identified, appropriate resilience measures need to be considered.
- Screening results should be discussed at the PCN review meeting. The decision on potential exposure to risk and implications for outputs and outcomes is recorded in the risk section of the concept document.
- As needed, resilience measures need to be identified. If appropriate, resilience measures will be discussed at the PAD review meeting. The risk ratings are recorded in the Systematic Operations Risk-rating Tool (SORT), and the discussion of main risks and resilience measures adopted are discussed in the main body of the relevant document. PforR teams will begin using SORT in 2015. Until then, teams working on PforR will use the Integrated Risk Assessment (IRA).
- If during this interim period the operation has not been screened in a timely manner, discuss the screening at a later stage, but before Board presentation, and file a memo in WBDocs.
The World Bank Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools have been prepared to help users identify climate and disaster related risks at early stages of project/program design. Note that using the World Bank Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools is not mandatory to meet the IDA 17 commitments; the required screening can be completed using any credible method. The tools were developed as one option for doing so.
What systems, tools, and knowledge portals are available to support risk screening of projects?
- The World Bank Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools have been prepared as a resource to help teams identify and rate climate and disaster related risks at the national and policy level (CPFs, SCDs, and DPFs) and at the sectoral (project/program) level. The project level tool covers a wide range of sectors. The tools will be made publically available in early 2015 so that clients can use them. Training sessions for Bank staff are offered by the Climate Change Group on a regular basis, via the climate screening help desk; training requests from client countries can also be directed to the help desk. These are tools that help Bank teams systematically screen for potential risks for a country, a specific project with specific locations and components or a Program supported under the PforR instrument. (Reminder: While screening is mandatory under the IDA 17 commitments, the application of these particular tools is not.)
- The Systematic Operations Risk-rating Tool (SORT) serves to identify, assess, and calibrate risk across 9 risk categories for all operations and programs. Climate and disaster risk is presented in section 7 of the interim SORT guidance note, as part of the environment and social risks section.
- Additional information for country-specific data, and online reference resources for disaster- and climate-resilient development include: (i) The Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP), which provides web-based resource to explore, evaluate, and synthesize climate-related vulnerabilities and risks at multiple levels of details, linked to a specific geographical location. It provides access to summarized Country Risk and Adaptation Profiles. A dedicated training is available for the CCKP, which can be requested through the CCKP’s website; and (ii) additional tools for climate-smart planning such as: The Climate Smart Planning Platform, which integrates the CCKP and other online data resources, complemented with reports, analyses, and other knowledge products; The Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which provides a resource library comprising research and analyses from leading international knowledge partners working on green growth; and National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), which provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage.
Who can help me to ensure that I am in compliance with the IDA commitments?
Your Global Practice (GP) Practice Manager or Regional Management will provide support, as needed. In addition, colleagues from the Climate Change Group (GCCVP) stand ready to support you, in collaboration with your GP colleagues; please contact the Climate Screening Help Desk for any specific request or need.
Why did the World Bank develop these screening tools?
The International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries. As part of the IDA 17 Replenishment of $52 billion in December 2013, IDA Deputies agreed to the following policy commitments: (i) all IDA Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs) incorporate climate and disaster risk consideration into the analysis of the country’s development challenges and priorities and, when agreed with the country, incorporate such considerations into the content of the programs and the results framework; and (ii) to screen all new IDA operations for short- and long-term climate change and disaster risks and, where risks exist, integrate appropriate resilience measures.
The Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools have been developed as a direct response to support these two discrete but interlinked IDA 17 policy commitments, which became effective on July 1, 2014.
The tools have broader application beyond the IDA countries and their investments and are being offered as an open resource to all development practitioners.
Who are the screening tools for?
The tools are designed to be used by development practitioners, including World Bank Staff, who are designing or working on:
- National strategies and diagnostics (e.g.,poverty reduction strategies, systematic country diagnostics (SCDs), Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs), and development policy operations);
- Sector-wide strategies and development policy reforms; or
- Project investments in key sectors.
The tools may also be used for awareness raising and for general training and capacity building, in particular for better understanding the relevance of climate and disaster risks in development planning and the design of investments.
What do the tools do?
The tools provide a structured and systematic way to undertake due diligence and flag potential risks at the national/policy level and at the project level (covering seven key project areas). At all of these levels the tools follow a user-friendly step-by-step approach so that users can understand the potential risks to which programs and investments may be vulnerable. It should take about two hours, on average, to apply each of these tools.
Will the tools be updated?
The development of the Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools has benefited during the design, internal piloting and testing from the involvement of World Bank regional and thematic specialists, as well as consultation with other development partners. Going forward, the tools will continue to be enhanced based on feedback, and as new data become available.
What do I need to apply the tools?
The following are required to use the tool:
Project concept: For the project-level tools, the user should have some initial understanding of the project components and location.
Subject matter expertise: The users of the tool are not expected to have specialized knowledge of climate change and disasters. However the tools rely on an understanding of the country or project context as well as professional expertise, knowledge, and judgment to evaluate the impacts and risks of climate change and disasters. Users will be provided with relevant climate and disaster information through the World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP).
Consultations: Where needed, we recommend that users engage in a consultative process with relevant sector and country specialists.
Time: Time requirements will vary depending on the user’s knowledge and consultations. On average, the tool is estimated to take roughly two hours.
Which tool should I use?
The national/policy level tool targets national plans, sector-wide strategies, development policy, and institutional strengthening and reforms.
The seven project level tools target a range of sectors. Once inside of the tool, you will be prompted to select the relevant subsectors that apply to your project.
Select the tool that your project predominantly covers. Each investment should require the application of no more than one tool. If your project is multisectoral, select the tool that covers the predominant work of your project. If you cannot find your project’s subsector within a one of the specific project level tools, use the General Tool,which covers a range of sectors. You will be invited to select the relevant sector once you commence using the General tool.
Click here to determine which tool is best suited for your purposes.
How can I learn more about the tools without actually using them?
You can browse the tools and see sample reports within them byclicking here. You can select a sample for each of the eight tools. Clicking on the samples will enable you to see the PDF output reports; these are the final reports that are generated for the user upon completing the screening process.
Is there a way to get trained in using the tools?
You may view training videos for each of the tools by clicking here. Watching the tool training videos as well as the World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP) video will familiarize you with the tools and the main knowledge resources before you start to screen.
What other tools are available for climate and disaster risk assessment?
There are many tools available within and outside of the World Bank that can support the climate and disaster risk screening process. Click here to learn about the types of tools that can complement the World Bank’s Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools.
Do I have to create a log in account?
Yes – to begin to apply the tools, you mustregister and create your own user name and password, which is your “user information.” You will not be required to provide any other personal information and indeed you are not encouraged to do so.You are encouraged, however, not to add any sensitive information to the Tool, since there is no absolute guarantee of security on any website.
Who else will have access to my account information?
Your application information and other information submitted will only be accessible to you and the World Bank as Administrator of the account; and the World Bank will comply with the provisions of the World Bank Data Policy with respect to your user information. Your user information, but not the content provided, may be used by the World Bank to generate statistics of usage and coverage of the screening tools. User information will not be disclosed by the World Bank to third parties, nor will it be used for any purpose other than in connection with the screening tools.
What should I do if have trouble using or completing a tool?
See the useful resourceshere. You may also email the help desk if you encounter specific technical difficulties in applying the tools at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I provide feedback?
We invite you to provide feedback on the tools through an evaluation form that will appear after you have completed your screening. You can also provide feedback through emailing the help desk: email@example.com
How should the tools be referenced?
The tools should be referenced as follows:
World Bank Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tools.climatescreeningtools.worldbank.org
You understand and agree that the use of the screening tools website is at your own sole risk. The World Bank provides the tools, and linked data resources from the Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP), “as is” and “as available”. Under no circumstances shall the World Bank, any other member of the World Bank Group, or any other content provider, be liable to you for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered which is claimed to result from use of or in connection with any activity in relation to the Screening Tools or the CCKP or as a result of the transmission or disclosure of confidential or partially disclosed data or information (including, without limitation, anything – including any tools made available through the tools or the CCKP – that may personally identify you or your location) through the access to or use of the screening tools or otherwise provided thereby, including without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto as well of any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, unauthorized distribution, modification or destruction of content or information provided or transmitted by you, or by forging of your e-mail or user information.