Climate Finance Training Course


USAID’s new Climate Strategy includes an ambitious target to mobilize $150 billion for climate action. To achieve this goal, USAID staff and implementing partners will need to scale up new and existing efforts across various program areas. Strengthening the capacity to mobilize and use climate finance efficiently, effectively, and equitably is crucial. To support this endeavor, USAID has developed an e-textbook and an online course, tailored for professionals at all stages of their careers in finance, development, and environmental sectors.

Introduction to Financing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation E-Textbook 

This e-textbook is designed to serve as a detailed reference guide for finance professionals, aspiring specialists, and early-career enthusiasts alike. It covers essential finance terms, principles, and the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of various financial instruments used in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Master Basic and Advanced Concepts: Understand core financing terms and concepts, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced professionals.
  • Navigate Investment Risks: Learn about various sources of investment risks, including climate change risks, and ways to mitigate, manage, or protect against them.
  • Explore Diverse Funding Sources: Delve into grants, equity, debt instruments, green bonds, and climate bonds.
  • Leverage Blended Finance: Discover how blended finance can help public and private sector partners leverage new sources of climate financing.
  • Evaluate Financial Tools: Assess the advantages and disadvantages of different types of financing, understanding the interests and requirements of finance providers and users.
  • Understand Innovative Approaches: Learn about pay-for-results development assistance, payments for environmental services, and debt-for-climate swaps.

Download Comprehensive E-Textbook on Climate Finance

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

This practical module provides strategies and examples to help development assistance organizations and professionals scale up financing for climate action. It is designed to offer actionable insights and flexible learning options suitable for busy professionals.

Module Highlights:

  • Expand Your Knowledge: Gain comprehensive insights into scaling up financing for clean energy, natural climate solutions, and climate adaptation.
  • Utilize Blended Finance: Understand the benefits and strategies of leveraging blended finance to mobilize additional funds.
  • Engage the Private Sector: Learn methods to involve private sector partners in climate finance initiatives.
  • Support Policy and Regulatory Changes: Identify ways to influence policy and regulatory environments to facilitate climate finance.
  • Integrating Climate Risk: Learn strategies for integrating climate risk into financial decision-making processes.
  • Exploring Risks and Opportunities: Understand the risks and opportunities associated with climate finance initiatives.
  • Hands-On Learning: Engage with practical examples and case studies that demonstrate real-world applications of climate finance and management of climate change risks.

These resources are made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prepared by Dr. Eric Hyman with support from the USAID-funded Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) Activity, and sponsored by various divisions within USAID, these learning products are designed to empower you to lead in the fight against climate change. By leveraging these resources, professionals can significantly contribute to mobilizing climate finance, managing climate change risks, and implementing effective solutions to combat climate change. Upon successful completion of these resources, professionals will be better equipped to drive impactful change in their respective fields.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Mitigation
Adaptation, Climate Finance, Clean or Renewable Energy, Mitigation, Sustainable Landscapes, Climate Change Courses

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