The integration imperative

A snapshot of USAID’s progress in mainstreaming adaptation to climate change

Ensuring that development efforts are blended with climate change considerations is critical in supporting both climate change and poverty alleviation goals over the long-term. USAID has taken some important steps to support the integration of climate change adaptation into its development portfolio. However, further resources are needed to fully achieve this and to accurately account for those investments in financial reporting toward the US commitment to international climate change assistance. This paper, based on a review of USAID strategy and guidance documents and interviews with USAID staff and partners, sheds light on the US government’s progress in both supporting integration efforts and improving reporting and financial transparency on climate change co-benefits.

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