USAID Mission Trainings

Since 2013, USAID has tailored its Global Climate Change core courses for mission deliveries to meet each mission's specific learning needs. These trainings provide the chance to explore regional climate change impacts and how they will affect development programming locally, as well as opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in development programming. Whenever possible, local climate change scientists and implementing partners are invited to present. Sectors of particular importance to each country and their relation to climate change are discussed, in addition to national climate change policies and priorities.

Mission training participants usually include USAID mission staff from a diversity of specialties, implementing partners and host country government counterparts, leading to dynamic discussion and exchange. Integrating climate change across development sectors has become an increasing focus of recent mission trainings, including those in Jamaica, Peru, Senegal and Haiti.

Photos from two mission trainings can be found below.

Accra, Ghana (February 2013):

Ghana training participants, including USAID/West Africa Mission staff and local implementing partners, discuss which vulnerability term (exposure, sensitivity or adaptive capacity) the image represents.


A training participant places images that represent adaptive capacity.


Training participants discuss climate change vulnerability.

Lima, Peru (March 2014):
Ted Gehr, former USAID/Peru Deputy Mission Director, addresses training participants from Colombia, Paraguay and Peru.


Training participants explore the impacts of climate change on different development sectors and linkages among sectors.


Lupe Guinand from PlanCC, a Peruvian Government climate change planning project, explains Peru's approach to low emissions development.