Climate Change Resilient Development

Categorized Under: Climate, International Development



ICF International, in partnership with International Resources Group and others, is supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Climate Change team. The team is providing technical assistance and analysis for USAID bureaus, field missions, and partner practitioners to implement effective climate change adaptation activities and programs. ICF’s work helps USAID staff throughout the world to integrate vulnerability and adaptation considerations into development planning by using strategies that fit local and regional conditions and help ensure the long-term success of development programs.

ICF staff, including the deputy chief of party for this project, is supporting USAID through project management, planning, and evaluation; developing expert guidance; knowledge management activities, including dissemination of information, tools, and science and technology; pilots, case studies, and research; and field and operating unit support and training.

More specifically, ICF is: 

  • Supporting updates to USAID’s Adaptation for Climate Resilient Development—guidance used by USAID staff and country partner stakeholders to assess vulnerability to climate variability and change as well as to identify, assess, select, implement, and evaluate adaptation options.
  • Leading an effort to incorporate into everyday planning the potential risk that climate change poses to various types of infrastructure and possible ways to manage it. As part of this effort, ICF is developing a suite of category-specific fact sheets and summarizing key lessons learned by practitioners on infrastructure-related risk assessment.
  • Supporting development of an agencywide climate change adaptation plan for Fiscal Year 2013, required under Executive Order (E.O.) 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. The plan will address climate risks to USAID programs, facilities, equipment, and operations and will be submitted to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Supporting the Adaptation Partnership, a platform that helps countries to identify common adaptation priorities and improve coordination of efforts. ICF’s support includes conducting workshops, supporting follow-on research and pilots, and facilitating communities of practice.

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Client: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

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