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Top 5 Blogs of 2021

By Sophie Schrader

Over the course of 2021, the Climatelinks community contributed over 140 blogs on topics from youth climate action to a new wave of private investment for climate solutions. Climatelinks blogs share USAID’s work on climate and development while also offering the global network of climate and development practitioners a platform to share their own work. Blogs highlight the vast range of work achieved by past and ongoing programs and activities and often connect to monthly themes such as climate finance, air pollution, health, youth climate action, and climate and gender. 

Below are the five most visited blogs of 2021. 

5. Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Coffee Supply Chains: An Evolution Toward Sustainable Commodities sheds light on a partnership between USAID Green Invest Asia and two of the world’s largest coffee corporations—Jacobs Douwe Egberts and Nestlé—to help them reduce their carbon footprints in Asia. By helping corporations reduce greenhouse gas emissions through working together and aligning their sourcing requirements to incentivize climate-positive suppliers, USAID Green Invest Asia is helping the coffee industry grow as a global leader in sustainable commodity producing and in tackling greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Women, Transportation, and Air Pollution in India highlights ways in which air pollution affects women and girls differently than men and boys. With very little pre-existing research addressing the gendered effects of air pollution and how it can be addressed in international development programming, USAID’s Clean Air Catalyst program aims to fill this knowledge gap for its work in India. By increasing equitable transport solutions and creating entrepreneurship opportunities, Clean Air Catalyst is both empowering women and improving air quality.

3. Climate Change is Not Gender Neutral: Harnessing Data to Empower Women and Girls as Change Agents utilizes research from USAID and IUCN’s partnership, Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), to identify areas in which the impacts of climate change disproportionately affect women and girls. As a result of gendered differences, women, girls, and gender minorities face life-threatening impacts after climate-related disasters such as increased gender-based violence and lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and reproductive health care. 

2. SERVIR Flood Mapping Service Brings Speed to Cambodia Disaster Management highlights a webtool from SERVIR-Mekong and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center that helps disaster managers in Cambodia stay ahead of flooding. This state-of-the-art tool utilizes satellite-based Earth monitoring data, geospatial information, and tools to help improve environmental decision-making and build capacity to manage climate risks and improve disaster resilience. 

1. The Private Sector Must Step Up Against Climate Change outlines ways in which USAID encourages and works with the private sector to increase private action and funding in the climate action space. While governments can and should commit to ambitious goals for climate action, the private sector is critical in bringing these goals to fruition, and can do so by implementing strategies to reduce and measure carbon emissions, among others.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Adaptation, Emissions, Low Emission Development, Climate Change, Climate Change Integration, Climate Finance, Climate Risk Management, Clean Energy, Grid Integration, Gender and Social Inclusion, Infrastructure, Transportation, Land Use, Land Tenure, Mitigation, Partnership, Private Sector Engagement, Resilience, Sustainable Landscapes, Urban, Water and Sanitation, WASH
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Sophie Schrader

Sophie Schrader serves as the Communications and Knowledge Management Coordinator for Climatelinks. She manages social media and supports knowledge management, research, blogs, and coordinates content. As a full-time staff member of the Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) project, Sophie's contributions span communications across USAID’s Office of Global Climate Change and Forestry and Biodiversity. Prior to this role, Sophie supported retreats, courses, and events for numerous International Development practitioners such as the World Bank Group, World Health Organization, and International Monetary Fund. Sophie holds a B.A. in Sociology and Studio Art from The College of Wooster and completed a thesis focused on the real life impact of hashtags utilized in digital movements.

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