May 19, 2024

USTDA’s Climate Portfolio Reaches New Milestones

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has announced that it has exceeded its commitment under the U.S. International Climate Finance Plan, dedicating $60 million through 2024 to advance climate-smart infrastructure solutions in emerging economies. USTDA reached this milestone more than one year early, developing a clean energy and transportation portfolio that now exceeds 60 activities designed to help leverage nearly $70 billion in climate finance and support more than $16 billion in U.S. exports to emerging economies worldwide.

USTDA funded these activities under its Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure, launched in April 2021 by President Biden, which connects U.S. industry to major clean energy and transportation infrastructure projects in emerging economies. Within two years, USTDA exceeded its three-year programming target by 25%.

USTDA’s climate programming advances the President’s Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE) to support infrastructure that addresses partner countries’ adaptation needs, and the U.S. commitment to the international Global Methane Pledge for reduction of global methane emissions by 2030.

Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director, said, “The overwhelming response to our Partnership reflects an accelerated need for bankable climate infrastructure projects in emerging economies. It also reflects USTDA’s considerable global outreach efforts and its place as one of the world’s preeminent and most trusted project preparation facilities.”

USAID Announces New Awards to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence in Environmental Programs

As part of its celebration of Earth Day 2023, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced today five new awards of the Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Environments (RISE) Challenge. The winners will receive a total of $1.85 million in grants from USAID to address gender-based violence (GBV) in the environment sector.

The five local organizations across Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia will address GBV in the context of environmental conservation, resource use in climate-vulnerable settings, and the protection of Indigenous women environmental human rights defenders.

These projects include working with the local legal system, establishing and training women’s watch committees to build women’s collective action and agency to prevent gender-based violence, promoting the sustainable management of fisheries resources, and empowering and elevating the voices of Indigenous women environmental human rights defenders to self-determine their priorities and strategies to end gender-based violence.

The RISE Challenge is a first-of-its-kind fund available to organizations working to address gender-based violence in environmental programming and climate-vulnerable contexts. It is a direct response to key research findings by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on gender-based violence and environment linkages and is funded by USAID.

The RISE Challenge invests in partnerships between environmental, gender equality, and community-based organizations and leaders working to address gender-based violence in developing countries around the world.

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