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Liliana joined MEDA in 2016. As the senior manager on MEDA’s environmental and climate change programming, she helps projects worldwide manage their environmental impacts and provides leadership for integrating climate change action into work with entrepreneurs and businesses. Prior to working with MEDA, Liliana worked as an Economist for Environment Canada and was a junior research fellow with the International Development Research Centre, conducting research on natural resource development in Myanmar and Thailand. Liliana also leverages her private sector experience as a business analyst in her current role designing and implementing environmentally sustainable market development interventions.


Changing climate: changing risks, changing opportunities

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To mark International Women’s Day 2017, MEDA is highlighting important issues and voices around women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the area of economic development.This is the first in our “Be Bold for Change” blog series celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs and their partners around the world.

Woman rice farmer in Myanmar

Climate change looms as a huge factor in poverty alleviation, and thus an issue MEDA is grappling with. It’s something that hits poorest people the hardest, since they have the fewest resources to prepare for and rebuild after climate shocks. The World Bank estimates it will push 100 million additional people into poverty by 2030. The United Nations says climate change is also a potential driver of conflict, a “threat multiplier.” Among its consequences: food riots and unrest triggered by spiraling prices; clashes between farmers over land and water; competing demands on dwindling water supplies for irrigation or for cities.

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