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 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.
This grant will support Urgewald's efforts to establish strong, binding environmental and social standards for international financial institutions and to garner ongoing public support for responsible and accountable public international financial institutions. To achieve these goals, the grantee undertakes research, education, and advocacy efforts with a global network of local communities, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners. Over the past grant period, the grantee has highlighted key issues related to the scope of the World Bank Group safeguard policies and the inclusion of global norms related to indigenous communities. During this grant period, the grantee will continue its advocacy efforts to ensure strong German policies and decisions at international financial institutions, particularly related to the World Bank and other European international financial institution safeguard policy reviews.
In 2014 and 2015 Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa took steps to formalize the New Development Bank, a process that has been in formation for the past seven years. ActionAid Brasil, founded in 1999 and a member of the international ActionAid network, has been monitoring this new development finance institution and building capacity to engage and influence the Brazilian participation in the political alliance. This grant renewal would support ActionAid Brasil to consolidate and continue its work to achieve and strengthen social and environmental standards governing international financial flows, particularly from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. ActionAid Brasil also will strengthen its network of nongovernmental organizations participating in related international dialogues.
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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