Climate change is a severe and growing threat to poverty reduction and development in Africa and South Asia. It is affecting people’s livelihoods, businesses and economic growth.
CDC supports businesses to address climate challenges. Private sector investment can help businesses become resilient to immediate risks to their survival such as flooding or water shortage. But it can also go further than this, in supporting businesses to adopt climate-friendly initiatives and renewable-energy generation.
CDC’s climate change policy is supporting us to do both. Before we invest in a business, we carefully consider how climate change affects its location; the industry sector we’re investing in; and the specific climate risks and opportunities faced by the business in question. This helps us to agree an action plan before we invest, both to tackle risks but also maximise opportunities.
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