Training on climate change

Climate Change Courses

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In response to the evolving landscape of climate challenges, USAID is committed to equipping its staff and development practitioners with essential knowledge and skills through a range of learning opportunities. 

These include specialized climate change courses, face-to-face trainings, and workshops, asynchronous learning, and interactive webinars. The trainings are designed to deepen understanding and expertise in addressing complex issues like greenhouse gas emissions, sea level rise, shifts in average temperatures, and the imperative to transition away from conventional fossil fuels toward sustainable energy sources.

These initiatives align with the organization's proactive stance on preparing for future climate changes and are structured to yield measurable learning outcomes. 

Recognizing the importance of tailoring education to individual needs, the inclusion of diverse courses ensures that participants can focus on specific aspects of climate resilience and development, contributing to a more robust and adaptive workforce.

Many USAID projects also provide climate change learning opportunities for host country counterparts and other development practitioners.


Climate Basics Course

This self-guided, one-hour course introduces how and why Earth’s climate is changing using insights from climate models. It also explains why climate is relevant to development—with the ultimate goal of providing staff with a foundation of knowledge upon which to build as they implement the Strategy.


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Climate Finance Training

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.  

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Climate Resilient Development 101

This 2-hour online course, intended for USAID staff and partners, uses interactive features and videos to introduce fundamental concepts of climate resilient development, including the role of greenhouse gasses and how climate impacts are affecting key development sectors.


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What is the Climate Risk Management Process?

In this interactive e-learning course, USAID staff and partners can explore the full climate risk management (CRM) process, from planning through implementation, with a specific focus on strategies to manage and respond to the risks posed by extreme weather events and the impacts of human activities on the climate. Office-specific versions of this training series are also available.


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Climate Strategy Webinar Series

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Climate Finance Training

Mobilizing climate finance is one of the six targets in USAID’s Climate Strategy. For more information and tools related to climate finance, check out these resources. 
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