Climate Finance Training


USAID’s new Climate Strategy includes an ambitious target to mobilize $150 billion of  finance for climate action. USAID staff and implementing partners will need to substantially scale up new and existing efforts  to achieve this target across program areas. Agency and partner staff may need to strengthen their capacity to mobilize  and use climate finance efficiently, effectively, and equitably. USAID has prepared an e-textbook and an online training module to help develop this capacity.  The e-textbook is a reference guide on finance terms and principles and the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of various types of financial instruments for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The online training module provides practical examples on scaling up financing for clean energy, natural climate solutions, and climate adaptation.  

These two learning products were prepared by Dr. Eric Hyman (USAID) with editorial support from the USAID-funded Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) Activity. They were sponsored by the Natural Climate Solutions Division and Climate Change and Cross-sectoral Strategy Division in the USAID Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI) and the Center for Economics and Market Development in the USAID Development, Democracy, and Innovation Bureau.  These learning products were made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Introduction to Financing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation E-Textbook 

This e-textbook is designed for the staff and associates of USAID and its implementing partners as well as governmental and nongovernmental organizations in developing countries.  It is a modular resource that users with various levels of expertise on climate change and financing can utilize to gain a broad understanding or delve into specific topics of interest to use as a reference. It includes examples specific to financing climate change mitigation and adaptation, but is also relevant for understanding finance for other purposes.  

The learning objectives for this volume include

  • Understanding basic financing terms and concepts;
  • Recognizing various sources of investment risks and ways to reduce, manage, or protect against them (risk mitigants) and sweeten financing deals (transaction enhancements);
  • Identifying various sources of investment capital -- grants, donations, equity, debt, and tradable debt securities (including green bonds and climate bonds);
  • Learning how blended finance development assistance organizations can help public and private sector partners leverage new sources of climate financing; 
  • Describing the advantages and disadvantages of various types and sources of financing and the interests and requirements of finance providers and users; 
  • Understanding  pay-for-results approaches to development assistance, payments for environmental services,; and debt-for-climate swaps.

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Online Training Module on Scaling Up Financing for Clean Energy, Sustainable Landscapes, and Climate Adaptation 

This module focuses on how development assistance organizations can increase the magnitude and pace of financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation. After completing this training, participants can

  • Articulate the range of approaches and examples for scaling up financing for clean energy, natural climate solutions, and climate adaptation
  • Understand the advantages of blended finance for leveraging additional international and domestic public and private financing;
  • Learn how development assistance organizations can help partner countries leverage new sources of financing and expand private sector engagement; and
  • Identify how development assistance organizations  can support climate finance  indirectly by supporting changes in the policy and regulatory environment, information and capacity development, and development of  financial instruments and markets.
Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Mitigation
Adaptation, Climate Finance, Clean or Renewable Energy, Mitigation, Sustainable Landscapes, Training

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