Sustainability and Climate

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The infographic provides a comprehensive analysis of the adverse effects of climate change on educational systems worldwide. It elucidates how climate-related disasters, including rising sea levels and temperatures, precipitate food and water scarcities, infrastructural damages, and forced migrations, severely hampering educational access and quality. Drawing on examples from countries like the Central African Republic, Chad, and Nigeria, the paper illustrates the profound implications of such environmental shifts.

Authored by the Institute for Development Impact, it calls attention to the vulnerability of education systems to climate change and advocates for the integration of climate resilience into educational planning. The goal is to ensure sustainable solutions that enhance learning opportunities amidst the escalating threats posed by climate change.

The document, titled “Impact of Climate Change on Agricultural Productivity,” from the Institute for Development Impact, explores how global climate trends, such as rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, are impacting agricultural productivity. It discusses the increased risk of food security, especially in vulnerable regions, due to the projected rise in global temperatures and the frequency of extreme weather events like droughts, floods, and storms. The report also highlights the significant losses in agricultural production in least developed and middle-income countries, and the vulnerability of staple crops and livestock to climate change. Specific examples from countries like Somalia, Niger, and Chad illustrate the dire consequences of these climatic changes on agriculture and food security.

Ahead of the pivotal COP28 in Dubai, the world faces a stark climate reality, underscored by 2023 being the hottest year on record. This trend, signaling a significant rise in Earth’s temperature since 1880, calls for urgent action. Pre-COP28 events, such as the Africa Climate Summit and Climate Week in New York, have set the stage by focusing on renewable energy, sustainable growth, and resilience. COP28 will explore finance, technology, and inclusion, addressing climate financing, loss and damage, and innovations like green hydrogen. The conference must also acknowledge the disproportionate impact of climate change on Indigenous communities and low-emission countries. Despite strides in renewable energy and policies like the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and the EU’s Green Deal, more integrated strategies are needed. COP28 presents an opportunity for global leaders to showcase their commitment to comprehensive climate action.

In today’s competitive business landscape, evidence-based decision-making is vital for the success and longevity of organizations. It allows companies to identify potential risks and opportunities, allocate resources efficiently, and adapt to changing market conditions. Compliance with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations and industry standards is crucial for mitigating legal and financial risks, and maintaining a loyal and growing customer base. Data analysis plays an essential role in informing business decision-making and ensuring adherence to these regulations and standards, which in turn impacts long-term business performance.

This article, written for the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) discusses the importance of harnessing data analysis for ESG compliance and sustainable business practices, developing learning agendas for effective ESG compliance management, and provides five illustrative learning questions that can be used to guide ESG and sustainable performance data analysis.

I4DI, in collaboration with USAID and Gap Inc, our partners on the Women + Water Alliance, won USAID’s 2022 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition. This resource details our submission to that competition, including how we applied CLA best practices to improve and sustain the health and wellbeing of women and communities touched by the apparel industry in India, as well as to empower women to become change agents for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) management in their communities. As a result of our CLA efforts, the number of people empowered to improve their access to drinking water and sanitation through the Women and Water Alliance increased from just under 70,000 to more than 900,000, and ultimately reached more than 2 million people by the end of the activity.