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Technical Director, USAID Climate Finance for Development Accelerator Kerry Dittmeier

Kerry Dittmeier is a development professional with expertise in private sector engagement, development finance, gender lens investing, and climate finance. She is currently serving as a technical director on the USAID Climate Finance for Development Accelerator (CFDA), where she leads the Climate Gender Equity Fund (CGEF), an innovative public-private partnership for catalyzing gender equity in climate finance. Kerry previously served as a senior specialist for Chemonics’ Private Sector Engagement Practice, where she led initiatives on gender lens investing, catalytic capital, and investment readiness and supported Chemonics’ portfolio of climate projects in Colombia. Prior to Chemonics, Kerry served as associate director for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Kerry holds a master of public health with a concentration in global health and policy from George Washington University and a bachelor of science in public health from Coastal Carolina University.

by Kerry Dittmeier

3 Building Blocks for Mobilizing Inclusive Climate Finance

The private sector, recognizing the economic threat and global calls to climate action, has mobilized corporate pledges to avert climate disaster and bridge the nearly $4 trillion financing gap for climate financing by 2030. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), nearly 500 global financial services firms agreed to align $130 trillion – some…

Guiding Principles for Integrating the Private Sector in Democracy and Governance

The intractable challenges associated with effective, sustainable, fully financed service delivery and community improvement require a more comprehensive approach to financing. Budget shortfalls, misused public funds, and the absence of innovative and responsive policies also erode trust in democratic systems in a world increasingly contending with nondemocratic movements. This blog post examines the merits of…

From Billions to Trillions: Using Blended Finance for Scaling Impact in Climate and Health

The following blog post introduces Chemonics’ recently launched Blended Finance Technical Briefs series. Each explores a different development sector as it intersects with blended finance and impact investing, including agricultural finance, gender lens investing, healthcare services, health supply chains, and sustainable landscapes. With private capital outpacing traditional donor assistance, the devastating impact of the COVID-19…