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Through this project, the Sierra Club Foundation will seek to strengthen the World Bank's environmental and social standards as well as encourage investment in projects that provide modern energy services to poor, rural communities in developing countries, commonly referred to as "energy access," such projects can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize environmental harm. This grant increase will cover costs associated with the preparation of a meeting to address innovative financing mechanisms to address energy access in developing countries.
This project supports development of legal expertise and training for organizations, communities, and Latin American countries receiving Chinese investment in energy and infrastructure. The project builds on experience with strengthening social and environmental standards in international financial institutions and deepening understanding and application of Chinese standards to its overseas investments. Titled the China-Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative, the project will be launched by American University.
PLATFORM has been active with the international network of nongovernmental organizations working to reform international financial institutions and private banks' lending in the energy sector. Over the past grant, PLATFORM assisted communities in Africa and Central Asia to address the impacts of energy projects in their countries, which led to changes in national policies on oil and gas contracts as well as greater transparency. Through this grant, PLATFORM will continue to bring its expertise to address public and private investment in oil and gas development. PLATFORM also will use this grant to explore fossil fuel investments of emerging economies, focusing on assisting organizations in Brazil and China to address their countries' fossil fuel investment.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, funds nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia and South Africa. The overall goal of our work in these regions is to develop and strengthen civil society by promoting civic participation in democratic processes at the local, national and regional levels; strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and addressing issues related to race and reconciliation and transitional justice.
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