Building Blocks for Climate Resilient Development
USAID helps countries and communities predict and prepare for climate variability and change. Our efforts help to minimize losses and disruption so that communities can deal effectively with stresses related to climate and weather. Leaders and the people they serve need data and information to understand climate and weather-related risks and make informed decisions about the best risk reduction actions to take. Strong governance systems and institutions enable decision-makers to develop and finance plans and policies that ultimately put these actions into motion. Based on global experience and best practice, the USAID Global Climate Change Office (GCC) developed four “building blocks” for climate resilient development:
Improving the Availability, Quality and Use of Weather and Climate Information
Mainstreaming Adaptation Measures into Governance, Planning and Budgeting
Piloting and Disseminating Risk-Reducing Management Practices
- Mobilizing Finance for Adaptation Measures from Multiple Sources
These are not mutually exclusive, but rather interdependent and mutually reinforcing. To be effective, they should be considered holistically in planning and design processes.
The building blocks help to define climate resilient development at USAID. They comprise a consistent approach to increasing weather and climate resilience across a variety of sectors, including health, water security, and urban management. The Building Blocks for Climate-Resilient Development provides an overview of the four building blocks. The three sectoral building blocks (where each of the building blocks is applied to a sector) for urban systems, health and water identify primary challenges to implementation, USAID’s approach to date, illustrative interventions, examples of USAID projects that have worked to address the challenge and enabling conditions necessary for success.