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At a Glance

The Southern Africa Regional Mission serves Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe.
USAID Southern Africa Regional supports an improved and resilient quality of life for Southern Africans.  We are  particularly concerned with improving regional decision-making and collective action to improve management of resources and promote renewable energy. USAID’s climate change programming, through strong collaboration, aims to help countries cooperate and plan together to better prepare for these scenarios in priority sectors by supporting the climate change priorities and needs of the region, including a better enabling environment for investment in clean energy. As negative climate impacts are likely to center on water issues, efforts focus on adaptive management strategies within priority river basins most vulnerable to climate change. We support the integration of climate, water supply and sanitation, and biodiversity resources to ensure adequate water resource planning and management is taking place.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2016) for more information.

Climate Projections

Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas



Energy & Infrastructure

Human Health


Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


$1.5 Million


$1.5 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)


GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Southern Africa


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Southern Africa

Climate Change Risk Profile: Southern Africa
Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Southern Africa

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Southern Africa

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Southern Africa

Stories from the Area

Since 1991, USAID has been investing in actions that help the Agency in understanding climate change risks and opportunities to reduce vulnerabilities.