Despite overwhelming evidence that the social, economic, and environmental benefits of ambitious climate action outweigh the costs, only a handful of countries have policy commitments in line with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. Given that none of these countries classify as high income, it is apparent that capacity, access to technology, and policy expertise alone are not sufficient to ensure political ambition.

So how do policymakers and those working to enact climate action at the national level build a real “political will” in their countries? WRI invites you to the launch of a new working paper A Guide to Assessing the Political Economy of Domestic Climate Change Governance which shows how it can be done. Learn about a new systematic assessment of national political and institutional context, as well as the dominant ideologies and narratives of a country that can help stakeholders take additional steps to build political support, strengthen rules, and grow implementation capacity.

After a presentation on how to utilize the assessment, stick around for a discussion on how political economy analysis can support domestic stakeholders in navigating political economy challenges.


  • James Murombedzi, Senior Climate Governance Expert, UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • Jesse Worker, Research Associate II, WRI
  • Moderator - Kelly Levin, Senior Associate; Director of Tracking and Strengthening Climate Action, WRI
  • Niki Palmer, Independent International Development Consultant
  • Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network - International
  • Uttara Narayan, Energy Manager, WRI India