McCO believes that environmental issues are a critical policy challenge and affect every facet of development work and when left unaddressed, become a national security challenge. We design solutions for these challenges by using evidence and equity principles to identify policy solutions and build the capacity of local communities to advocate for their interests and understand the long term value of good practices.
Natural resource management, clean energy development, and climate change are among the most critical challenges facing humankind. For communities to survive and thrive, we must prevent the degradation of natural resources, identify and utilize sustainable energy sources, preserve cultural heritage sites, and reverse and mitigate adverse impacts of climate change on people and the environment, globally. These issues also disproportionately affect populations that are already disadvantaged. McCO is committed to addressing critical conservation, energy, and climate issues through policy solutions and capacity building for local communities.
Through our years of experience working on projects around the world, McCO has cultivated a deep bench of experts who are leaders in their fields, and we leverage these relationships to design and develop creative conservation solutions to mitigate negative environmental conditions. Our training and capacity building work uses proven methodologies and custom tools designed in-house to ensure knowledge retention and effective organizational development that maximize the effectiveness of our clients and their partners to engage in conservation, energy, and climate issues meaningfully and cost-effectively.
With humankind at a crossroads in terms of how we interact with our environment, effective stewardship of natural resources and cultural and environmental conservation offer one of the greatest opportunities to protect and improve the quality of life, globally.
Training and Capacity Building
Advisory and Technical Consulting
Select Projects and Results
- Engaged agency and public interests in conservation and recreation through capacity building and training sessions at Commonwealth Coworking on leveraging Palatka, Florida’s natural resources and environmental landscape for attracting conservation-oriented development and investment opportunities, ensuring the advancement of sustainable organizations to work in this region.
- Conducted cost/benefit and market analysis for an NGO seeking to launch a for-profit social enterprise as a strategy for eliminating donor reliance in funding organizational overhead costs.
- Assessed the organizational capacity of a Karachi-based NGO, including field work in rural areas of Sindh province. Conducted market assessment and demand analysis for craft products produced by the NGO. Identified sustainable local materials for use as input supplies in cultural heritage craft.
- Advised and mentored a U.S. 501c3 organization on its efforts to scale digital literacy programs to new communities of young Afghan women and attract impact investment in their social enterprise. Provided organizational capacity support, monitoring and evaluation design, and impact evaluation support.
- Advised and mentored a European NGO on its efforts to advocate for Yezidi women who had become victims of sexual violence during conflict and support strategic planning, partnerships, financial management, and programmatic design.