Climate Risk Management at the Project Level
At USAID, project design entails defining how to achieve results to ensure that efforts are complementary and aligned in support of a strategy. Each project design typically incorporates multiple activities organized around, and implemented to achieve, a common purpose.
Climate risk management at the project level involves a careful examination of climate risks that can be addressed through project design as well as climate risks that may be possible to address during activity design and implementation. CRM at this stage also elucidates and informs further analyses that may be needed later in the program cycle to manage climate risks.
Although USAID policy allows flexibility in application of CRM, the process generally comprises four phases (with several steps within each phase):
The graphic and eLearning tool aim to help USAID staff and partners think about how these phases and steps are integrated into project planning and implementation. The order of the steps within phases is flexible and may be tailored to each mission’s or operating unit’s situation.
Climate expertise is not necessarily required for CRM. The most important thing is that those responsible for project design and implementation participate in CRM. In the explanations below and the eLearning tool, we refer to these people as the “design team.”
CRM Resources for Project Design
- Climate Risk Management for USAID Projects and Activities: A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 201
- Previous assessments or screenings if available:
- Climate Change annex of corresponding Regional/Country Development Cooperation Strategies (R/CDCS)
- Project-level environmental compliance analysis in Environmental Compliance Database
- Climate Risk Profiles & Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Fact Sheets
- Climate Risk Screening & Management Tool and associated sector-specific annexes
- Climate Risk Management: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Knowledge Management guide
- Primer: Using Climate Information for Climate Risk Management
- Climate Risk Management in Action (examples of CRM)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- USAID staff may consult internal resources such as the Agency intranet or their mission’s Climate Integration Lead.