Evaluation of Climate Risk Management at USAID
This report presents results from the performance evaluation of climate risk management (CRM) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Agency’s CRM policy includes requirements from Automated Directives System (ADS) mandatory references 201mat, Climate Change in USAID Country/Regional Strategies; and 201mal, Climate Risk Management for USAID Projects and Activities. The Office of Global Climate Change in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment commissioned the E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project to conduct the evaluation.
The evaluation employed a mixed-methods approach including a document review, an online survey of USAID staff, key informant interviews with USAID staff and implementing partners, group interviews with activity beneficiaries, and four country case studies. The evaluation found that CRM integration into the program cycle should be viewed as a longer-term process of institutional change. From this perspective, the CRM policy has made significant progress in raising awareness among USAID staff and implementing partners about potential threats from climate change to Agency operations and about the need for CRM.