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 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.
Re:Common is an Italian organization established in 2012 that has grown out of a long established nongovernmental organization project addressing World Bank Group reform. The main goal of this project is to monitor the changes taking place in international development finance and ensure that this financing continues to support and promote sustainable development. Over the last grant period, Re:Common worked with an international nongovernmental coalition to address fossil fuel financing by public international financial institutions. This grant will continue to support research and policy analysis as well as public awareness and policy advocacy efforts related to a broad range of international financial institutions.
National development banks, such as those in Brazil and China, are increasingly dominating development finance in energy and infrastructure in South America. To carry forward lessons learned from work on international financial institutions and build capacity, deeper understanding of standards as well as cooperation between civil society in South America and China are important. This grant increase will support the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis to produce and disseminate two reports on Chinese and Brazilian development finance standards, as well as participate in convenings with global and Chinese civil society.
The Mott Foundation’s Environment program supports non-governmental groups (NGOs) working nationally and globally to change policies and practices of international trade and financial institutions so the environment is protected and people’s standard of living is not adversely affected by projects supported by these institutions.
Some grants made through our Environment program’s interest in improving land use decisionmaking in Michigan, as well as our three other programs — Civil Society, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty — support sustainable development projects. Such projects balance economic growth, environmental protection and human well-being.
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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