Transformative Alliances

There is increasing realisation in government, civil society and business circles that the gloabl economic system is out of balance with the earth’s carrying capacity. Continuing on the same path is not sustainable. Yet progress is slow because the debate around how and what to change pitches public against private sector, financial sector against civil society, developed against developing countries, or rising against old powers.

Accelerating green transformation requires a new perspective, recognising that actors supporting – and opposing – change can be found in each of these categories. The task is to identify and forge alliances across these divides.

Our work looks at the role of public-private-civic alliances as drivers of the green transformation, in particular at the role of business in such alignments. We focus on the rising powers because they have a big influence on the cost and speed of green transformations but we also use this perspective in our work on Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa.

This web page gives access to recent papers which have discussed the role of transformative alliances.

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start date
6 January 2014
end date
1 December 2016

Recent work


Who Drives Climate-relevant Policy Implementation in China?

IDS Evidence Report 134

Climate change is emerging as one of the biggest challenges confronting the sustainability of our planet, affecting the development prospects of both developed and developing countries. There is a global effort to find solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the cause of climate...

8 May 2015


Who Drives Climate-relevant Policies in Brazil?

IDS Evidence Report 132

In this report, the central question of our research is who drives/obstructs climate-relevant policies in Brazil, paying special attention to renewable energy policies, climate policies and politics.

30 April 2015

Book Chapter

Green Transformation – Is There a Fast Track?

The green transformation is different from previous transformations in one critical respect: urgency. This is the first transformation in history to be achieved against a deadline. Hence the question in the title: is there a fast track?

1 January 2015


What Drives Wind and Solar Energy Investment in India and China?

IDS Evidence Report 87

This research is motivated by the need to transform the basis of energy systems from fossil fuels to renewable sources. As well as the imperative of climate change, this transformation is needed to create development trajectories for economies that are genuinely sustainable over the long term....

31 July 2014


Who Shapes Climate Action in India? Insights from the Wind and Solar Energy Sectors

IDS Evidence Report 56

Within this paper, we specifically take an actor-centred perspective – focusing on players not just within the government but also private sector and civil society – to better understand the influence of such actors in shaping climate change action within India. Through this analysis, we aim...

3 March 2014