Cross-sectoral climate action is essential for preparing communities around the world to manage the impacts of climate change and prevent worst-case climate scenarios. USAID’s work across numerous sectors helps countries achieve ambitious climate targets and aids in building the foundation for sustainable growth through natural climate solutions. This work is highlighted and disseminated through a family of “Links” sites, each emphasizing different areas of USAID’s programs, partners, and practitioners in international development.
USAID’s Links Family:
- Agrilinks is a knowledge sharing hub focused on agriculture-led food security.
- BiodiversityLinks is USAID's knowledge portal focused on advancing biodiversity conservation and development.
- Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for climate change & development practitioners.
- Education-links creates and shares successful and effective education programs.
- Landlinks is USAID's knowledge sharing platform focused on land tenure and property rights.
- LearningLab is a collaborative learning community of development professionals.
- Marketlinks provides market-based solutions for development.
- Resiliencelinks is a global knowledge platform for resilience practitioners.
- Urban-links is USAID's sharing platform for resources on sustainable urban development.
- Globalwaters shares knowledge and ideas to solve global water and sanitation challenges.
Climate Change & Gender Equity in Honduras tells the story of the women of the municipality of Namasigue, Honduras. These women have found empowerment in the Local Technical Agroclimatic Committee (LTAC) of the municipality of Choluteca. LTACs allow women to actively participate in the local decision-making processes of rural life. They are a space for dialogue and exchange of knowledge on climate and agriculture between producers and local experts from different participating institutions such as meteorological services, local authorities, academic and scientific centers, and others.
Framework Creates New Opportunities for Climate Resilience highlights USAID’s Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Framework, which outlines a unifying vision to address emerging challenges and the most critical threats to the environment and development and serves as a guiding document for cross-sectoral investments in environmental and natural resource management.
This blog highlights how Land Titles Downstream Will Protect Forests Upstream in Cambodia. Thanks to irrigation systems in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, managed by Farmer Water User Communities, farmers in the Kampong Thom province of Cambodia can grow two to three crops per year. Water users pay $10 per irrigated hectare for each crop cycle to contribute to the maintenance of the irrigation system, as well as community development projects.
This blog highlights how USAID is Shifting Public and Private Finance Towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The greatest potential we have of achieving the 2015 SDGs is by aligning public and private resources with them. Focusing on scaling solutions to these challenges and looking at what aligning finance with the SDGs really means requires a broad mobilization of resources, including private ones.
This brief, Resilience Programming in Support of Reforestation: Emerging Lessons from Haiti, focuses on three key lessons learned—the importance of social capital for resilience, leveraging social capital to establish community buy-in, and linking resilience activities to specific shocks. The USAID reforestation project team applied this learning to implement a refined reforestation approach, which may be relevant to other projects incorporating components of resilience-building, sustainable landscape management, and reforestation.
This webpage is a compilation of resources focused on USAID’s Education in Crisis and Conflict Learning Agenda. These USAID-funded knowledge products support advancing learning and education in crisis and conflict programs. Resources are organized by theme, and include both evidence and guidance. This collection is actively being updated on Education Links as new products become available.
The executive summary of Social Protection and Climate Change: Scaling Up Ambition notes the critical need to address the social and economic impacts of climate change, especially given that these impacts often degrade future resilience, resulting in a downward spiral of climate impacts and rising vulnerability.
The Urban Learning Brief for Mission Staff highlights USAID’s investments in building resilience and how they help share and shift the responsibility for managing risk, investing in resilience, and responding to shocks from donors to governments, communities, and the private sector. The overriding aim is to reduce costs of recurrent crises and get ahead of emerging risks to prevent backsliding on development gains.
The technical brief ‘Reimagining WASH: Water Security for All’ emphasizes that the world is in a water crisis, and children’s lives and futures are at risk. Over 1.42 billion people, including 450 million children, live in areas of high or extremely high water vulnerability.
Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.