Striving for a ‘climate-smart’ CARE Print E-mail



Organisational change: Our goal is to become a change agent by demonstrating “climate smart” policies, plans and practices at the highest levels

of our confederation.

The challenge

Climate change poses significant challenges to the way that CARE and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operate. One of the most obvious is our need to take climate change into account when designing development projects or planning how to help communities recover from disasters. This is commonly referred to as ‘climate proofing.’ At CARE, however, we refer to making our organisation and projects ‘climate smart’ as this is more realistic.


CARE’s programming principles include a commitment to sustainable impacts and present additional responsibilities to adapt what we do, how and where to climate change. The underlying challenge that CARE and similar organizations face is to identify these obligations (including implications of greenhouse gas emissions), fully understand them and respond appropriately.


CARE’s response

CARE is committed to integrating climate change into programmes and operations. Around the world, CARE member organizations and Country Offices are working taking on organisational change by striving to be ‘climate smart.’