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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This renewal will support continued work of the Uruguayan Study Center of Appropriate Technologies to research and analyze the impacts of trade and integration policies on the environment in South America and develop environmentally sustainable alternatives. This project will produce policy analysis from original research; disseminate research findings via a Web site, publications, and a variety of media outlets; conduct workshops with environmental organizations, citizens' groups, academics, and local and national government officials; and develop tools for integrating environmental considerations in regional economic integration processes.
This grant will support Sitawi Finance for Good to conduct research and documentation of the Brazilian Development Bank’s internal procedures of due diligence, structure, and decision making processes. Research will be used to develop training for nongovernmental organizations to improve civil society’s effectiveness in working toward strengthening the bank’s governance and social and environmental safeguards policies.
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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