Illustrative Training Results

Since 2011, more than 900 USAID staff from 72 missions around the world have participated in online and face-to-face Global Climate Change (GCC) courses. In addition, more than 230 implementing partners and 80 other U.S. Government (USG) staff have attended GCC trainings. In total, USAID has delivered more than 25,000 person hours of training to USAID, other USG and implementing partner staff. (Person hours is calculated by multiplying instruction hours of training by the number of people completing each training.)

In 2014, 30% of staff attending GCC courses were environment specialists and 70% had specialties in other areas such as agriculture and health, illustrating the growing demand for climate change capacity building across development sectors at USAID.

In addition to these data, USAID is also tracking information related to course learning objectives and skills application. A readout from the July 2015 GCC core courses is provided below as an example.

Participant Data:

  • 41 total participants
  • USAID/Washington: 19, USAID/Mission: 17, Other U.S. Government: 5
  • Foreign Service: 12, Foreign Service National: 11, Civil Service: 4, Other: 9
  • Males: 24, Females: 17
  • Environment staff: 14, Non-environment staff: 27
    • Environment: 14
    • Program Analysis & Project Development: 6
    • Agriculture: 4
    • Private Enterprise Development: 4
    • Governance: 3
    • Financial Management: 1
    • Engineering:  1
    • Other: 8
  • 14 missions represented: Albania, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Malawi, Mexico, Pakistan, Nepal, Regional Development Mission for Asia, West Bank, West Africa
  • 3 other U.S. Government agencies represented: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of State
  • At least 26 participants are programming, managing or otherwise supporting GCC funding
  • At least 17 participants are integrating GCC funding with other funding streams (e.g., Feed the Future funding) or providing support for this
  • At least 25 participants are integrating climate change considerations into programming in other sectors or providing support for this

Course Ratings*


  Adaptation (n = 29)

  Mitigation (n = 25)

  M&E (n = 33)

  Learning Objectives Met












  Materials - Organization




  Materials - Utility




  Will Apply to Job

               4.27 (n = 26)

               4.08 (n = 24)

               4.29 (n = 28)

*On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 the lowest and 5 the highest
How you intend to apply what you learned during the course to your work:


  • I plan to continue to advocate for climate change considerations to be included in policy documents and Country Development and Cooperation Strategies.
  • Articulating climate change stressors, vulnerabilities in project cycle; communicating the importance of climate change to development.
  • Look at Project Appraisal Documents etc. to see where they can integrate climate change.
  • Assist project teams with identifying financial ramifications associated with vulnerabilities and impacts.
  • Write scopes of work for climate-smart agriculture USAID-funded projects.


  • Share and enlighten others in the mission about activities that contribute to Global Climate Change goals.
  • Look for ways to promote climate change mitigation into other programming.
  • I intend to use the tools and figures to help program planners focus on the most effective solutions.
  • I will be able to understand what programs are eligible for what type of funding. I am also now aware of what types of funding exist.
  • Embedded advisors; create enabling policy environment; and engage with private sector.


  • Think carefully about Global Climate Change results and indicators during project design.
  • I will provide better guidance to the implementers.
  • Integration with Power Africa activities.
  • Share information and communication with government and colleagues.
  • Ensure strong compliance with Global Climate Change reporting requirements.