Climatelinks - Helpful Resources

Climatelinks offers a number of places where users can submit content and also offers USAID staff and its implementing partners services, such as:

(a) promoting events both on the site and through email marketing  
(b) archiving various kinds of resources so they are publicly available and easily accessible through search and
(c) providing essential resources critical to GCC program design, implementation, and monitoring & reporting efforts.  

See this quick guide on WAYS TO ENGAGE.  Feel free to share with your USAID implementing partners. Content submission criteria and procedures are spelled out below in this living resource.  We encourage you to check back periodically.

We strongly encourage all new contracts, agreements, or task orders with substantial climate change components to adapt this suggested Climatelinks contract language to ensure adequate staffing for seamless content transfers and hosting on Climatelinks.

Write to team [at] climatelinks [dot] org with questions.  Read about Climatelinks and the core team HERE.  

NOTE:  The Climatelinks Team does not take responsibility for clearing content that it does not generate.  We assume material submitted by USAID Staff and implementing partners is cleared for public sharing.  Please ensure the documents, videos, text, and other resources are the final, official, and cleared version.
 

SUBMITTING CONTENT 

Blog
Events
Resources
Real time Knowledge-sharing Event
Project Mini-site
Outreach Channels
Photos
Suggested Climatelinks Contract Language

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BLOG  (Back)

Should you submit your blog idea or draft?

What we are interested in publishing
1. Narrative stories about a program's benefits/impacts/results/achievements/lessons.

2. Blogs that explain or synthesize knowledge, tools, approaches, lessons learned and best practices relevant for climate change and development practitioners.  These blogs should convey the most important nuggets of interest and entice readers to consult technical resources they may otherwise pass over in a sea of information competition.
 

 

What we are not interested in publishing
1. Press releases.  Climatelinks is not a public relations platform and a substantive story about new approaches, lessons learned, or real progress will reflect far better on your organization than a press release.

2. Blogs that require intimate knowledge of arcane USAID processes. Those can be posted on internal agency platforms if relevant exclusively to USAID staff.  

 

EVENTS  (Back)

  • Peruse the Climatelinks Events Calendar to understand the scope and nature of its content.
  • Click the "submit event" button HERE.  
  • For event invites that land in your inbox, you can forward along to [email protected] with subject line "EVENT SUBMISSION"
  • Events can be any event related to any of our GCC pillars of work
  • Events need not be sponsored or supported by USAID
  • If supported by USAID, however, please note that as it should be indicated in the invite
  • Please provide all relevant details and/or a link where that information can be found (when, where, time zone, RSVP requirements, location or connection details, etc.)

RESOURCES  (Back)

  • Peruse the Climatelinks Resource Library to understand the scope and nature of its content.
  • Click the "submit resource" button HERE.
  • If the item you are submitting is not already online, please email the file itself to [email protected]
  • The following types of resources may be submitted: documents, videos, websites, or tools.
  • All items in the Climatelinks library must be supported by USAID.
  • Helpful resources that you may like to highlight that are not supported by USAID may be featured in other ways (e.g., a blog post), but we will link to rather than host such resources.

REAL TIME KNOWLEDGE-SHARING EVENT  (Back)

  • Notify the climatelinks team of your intent.  But this need not depend on Climatelinks staff.
  • This could be public-facing Q&A about a new strategy or a specific technical resource.
  • Climatelinks can help promote and make this event "official" in its calendar.
  • The "event owner" then lines up the experts that can answer questions.
  • This could also take the form of peer-to-peer sharing.
  • The commenting function beneath each of these (blogs resources) provides the mechanics.
  • These events must be focused on Climatelinks blogs, resources, events, or tools because those are the Climatelinks content areas that have Q&A (commenting) functionality. 

PROJECT MINI-SITE  (Back)

This option is for centrally-managed projects (USAID/W) and includes a brief project description, up to six features, an embedded video playlist (or other featured content such as an image or infographic), and allows for project-produced blogs, events, and resource items in the Climatelinks library to feed to the project mini-site through tagging. Contact us and we can follow up with you to discuss and assess the kind of content your project produces, your readiness to create a project mini-site, and map out a timeline depending on current work load for the Climatelinks team.

Review this document for a checklist of necessary and optional content that a project must supply Climatelinks in order to create a mini-site. Each project must designate a point of contact to work with the Climatelinks team and the project must also designate the final clearance official (e.g., project AOR/COR).  

CLIMATELINKS OUTREACH CHANNELS   (Back)

PHOTOS   (Back)

  • Climatelinks will be building a photo library and will accept photos (email [email protected]rg).
  • We are particularly interested in photos that capture people and activities related to Global Climate Change programs.
  • Photos should be at least 300 dpi.
  • Each photo should have appropriate metadata (photographer's name and organization, description).
  • The photo description should explain what activity the photo captures and where the activity is taking place. 

SUGGESTED CONTRACT LANGUAGE  (Back)

Download DRAFT suggested contract language for including Climatelinks content submission requirements HERE