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The USAID-NREL Partnership hosted a modeling group from the Philippines at NREL's campus for a first-of-its-kind, month-long research exchange supporting the Philippines' development of competitive renewable energy zones. By working directly with NREL's power sector experts, the group refined key models used to enable proactive transmission planning for scaling up renewable energy in the Philippines.

Editor’s Pick: Infrastructure for Resilience Tools and Resources on Climatelinks

By Isabela Barriga

Strong, resilient infrastructure can help countries better prepare for climate variability and change, such as more severe and frequent weather events or sea level rise. Basic infrastructure is failing, insufficient, or non-existent in many developing countries, and changes in climate can damage infrastructure across sectors from energy, health, education, and others.

USAID is supporting improved urban services to help cities and countries achieve climate-resilient, low-emission, sustainable economic development as outlined in its urban policy, Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World. Over the years, USAID has partnered with local governments to support energy efficiency, improve urban planning, enable access to climate information and unlock financing. For example, the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) program was an initiative under the Washington D.C.-managed Climate Change and Resilient Development (CCRD) activity. This program worked with USAID missions and cities in developing countries to increase the climate resilience of physical infrastructure and the services that it provides. To learn more about the work undertaken by CCRD, visit the legacy project mini-site.

USAID currently has several programs that support climate-smart cities by helping them increase their capacity to finance and build public infrastructure and services to address these challenges. These include:

A selection of ongoing activities, as well as blogs, resources, and tools, can be found below.




  • The Resilient Energy Platform supports the development of resilient, sustainable, and secure power systems with expertly curated resources, training materials, data, tools, and direct technical assistance.
Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Climate Change, Climate Change Integration, Climate Risk Management, Energy, Clean Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure, Resilience, Self-Reliance, Urban

Isabela Barriga

Isabela es gerente de redes sociales y coordinadora de contenido para Climatelinks a través del proyecto SEEK de USAID. Ella ayuda con la gestión de la información, la investigación y la redacción de blogs. Anteriormente, Isabela brindó apoyo de comunicación y gestión de contenido a organizaciones intergubernamentales, asociaciones público-privadas y misiones diplomáticas, incluidas las Naciones Unidas, GAVI (actualmente, la Alianza de Vacunas) y la Embajada de Ecuador. Isabela tiene un B.S. en Salud Pública y estudios completos en Desarrollo Internacional y Gestión de Conflictos (Universidad de Maryland, College Park).

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