Who we are
Institute for Climate and Society (iCS) is a philanthropic organization that supports projects and institutions that aim to strengthen the Brazilian economy and the geopolitical positioning of the country, in addition to reducing inequality by tackling climate change and providing sustainable solutions.
The Institute embraces its mission with practical and strategic work, bringing to Brazil resources from major international funders – and raising support from Brazilian funders – to support various local agents who fight for Brazil in order to avoid the negative impacts of global warming. Much more than a financial intermediary, iCS promotes dialogue between the sectors, adds knowledge and establishes networks of information, intelligence and cooperation, aiming to achieve the well-being of the population.
iCS and its grantees are dedicated to:
In general, we work towards three types of outcomes:
Political and economic commitments with a greater climate ambition and social justice
More effective governance and control mechanisms for policies that have an impact on the climate
More robust ecosystem to combat climate change, with a strengthened civil society and better interaction between sectors
Evaluation is an essential part of the work of iCS. It is the key to the learning and improvement in our operation. It is essential to have the clarity and evidence of what we are – or are not – achieving.
Transparency in our evaluation is also fundamental in order for us to establish and maintain a relationship of trust with those who support us.Because we work in a complex and multifaceted reality, we approach evaluation in two ways: deductively and inductively.
On the one hand, we compare what we have achieved with our previously established goals. On the other hand, we seek to identify several important outcomes, which received some contribution from us or from our grantees. Consequently, we capture a wide range of effects that bring us closer to our mission and vision, and we are also able to perceive any gaps and points that require improvement.
The main outputs produced by us and by our grantees, as well as the main outcomes that we contributed to achieve them, are published in our annual reports, website, newsletter and social networks.
Areas of Operation
The work fronts of iCS reflect the social, economic and political challenges that are present in the fight against climate change. They all seek to contribute, in some way, to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to the improvement of the quality of life of society through a development that is sustainable, socially fair and environmentally friendly.
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