Foundation grantmaking focuses on four major program areas.
These programs touch upon a number of major issues.
Each grantmaking program also works within clearly stated geographic parameters or regions.
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The Bank Information Center will use this grant increase to support nongovernmental organization and civil society activities during the annual meeting of the World Bank Group in October 2001. The Bank Information Center activities related to the annual meeting include a nongovernmental organization/World Bank dialogue session, specific issue and sectoral briefings, and strategy sessions during and after the annual meeting to plan and develop a coordinated work plan for the future.
The Socioenvironmental Fund — CASA is a grantmaking and capacity building organization focused on providing small grants to strengthen community, environmental, and civil society organizations. This grant will renew support for the South American Regional Fund to support local communities impacted by large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, which are financed by international and national financial institutions, including the Brazilian Development Bank.
This grant to Instituto Centro de Vida will support the secretariat of the Amazon Regional Network to build understanding and capacity on the impacts of Brazilian Development Bank investments in energy and infrastructure in the Greater Amazon Rainforest, and particularly, to work with and support the network's infrastructure working group. An additional component of the project will work with local communities in the Tapajos and Teles Pires watersheds of the Amazon Rainforest to monitor and seek to mitigate impacts of a large hydroelectric complex planned in this, as yet undeveloped, region of the forest.
The ways in which the world’s natural resources are used to meet human needs ultimately impacts the economic, environmental and social conditions — indeed, the sustainability — of people, communities and entire countries. Ensuring that resources are used in ways that help to strengthen sustainability for all people is a vital thread in the Mott Foundation’s Environment Program.
Internationally, our grantmaking seeks to improve the social and environmental accountability of those investing in large-scale infrastructure and energy projects in developing countries. This work includes a focus on the investment patterns of emerging economies, particularly of Brazil and China, whose financial institutions are becoming major lenders for developing countries.
Billion dollar hydroelectric dams. Miles of highways. Oil and gas exploration. Such large-scale energy and infrastructure projects in the developing world and in sensitive eco-regions such as the Amazon rainforest often are promoted as bringing modern development to people in need. However, they also frequently present significant environmental risks and social and economic challenges for those living in the projects’ immense shadows.
For nearly three decades, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported efforts to ensure that the institutions financing these projects:
One of the areas the Mott Foundation’s Environment program focuses on is on international finance for sustainability. The Foundation’s grants in this area have totaled more than $105 million since 1988.
In a Q&A, Mott Program Officers Traci Romine and Sandra Smithey reflect on that grantmaking and the important changes — and challenges — in the field.
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