Climate Change and Development: Climate Resilient Growth (USAID's Climate Change and Development Strategy 2012-2016)
The USAID Climate Change & Development Strategy is an overarching plan covering USAID’s work on climate change. It fits into a larger domestic and international policy context and is guided by Administration policy as developed in the President’s Global Development Policy, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, USAID Forward, and the Presidential Global Climate Change Initiative.
The strategy sets out to enable climate-resilient development with three strategic objectives and a roadmap for implementation (see excerpt), which boil down to two complementary approaches 1) dedicated climate change programming that tackles the unique risks and opportunities presented by climate change; and, 2) integration of climate change within other core development programs. In order to focus resources within the strategy, USAID defined a criteria-based process to dedicate climate change funds; criteria sections include Clean Energy, Sustainable Landscapes, and Adaptation. The strategy outlines that integrated programming will be supported through increased resources allocated to training and outreach, development of guidance for country strategies, project design, and other Agency policy instruments. USAID considers mitigation, adaptation, and integration to be equally important strategic objectives: an emphasis on all three is essential to fully realizing partner countries’ ability to achieve climate-resilient low emissions growth and to ensure that USAID development investments are resilient.
Excerpt from the report:
The goal of USAID’s 2012–2015 Climate Change and Development Strategy is to enable countries to accelerate their transition to climate-resilient low emission sustainable economic development. To accomplish this, USAID will pursue three strategic objectives (SOs):
- SO 1. Accelerate the transition to low emission development through investments in clean energy and sustainable landscapes
- SO 2. Increase resilience of people, places, and livelihoods through investments in adaptation; and
- SO 3. Strengthen development outcomes by integrating climate change in Agency programming, learning, policy dialogues and operations