The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) depends on ICF International to implement the Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program, a regional initiative that supports developing countries in Asia to accelerate sustainable, climate-resilient economic growth while slowing the growth of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ICF is USAID’s prime implementer, leading a consortium of regional and international partners to design and implement all program components.
The LEAD program supports and enhances country-led development programs, plans, and policies, and complements efforts of other international donors and organizations to support low-emission development strategies (LEDS). The program takes a regional approach in facilitating Asia-Pacific cooperation and knowledge-sharing, replicating best practices, promoting LEDS, and encouraging public-private partnerships. Activities are tailored to the circumstances of each partner country: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.