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April 15, 2021

Supporting Africa’s digital platforms to transform the future

Before the pandemic struck, many African countries had been enjoying above average economic growth fuelled by higher commodity prices, better governance, a rising middle class, and foreign and domestic private sector investment responding to the huge potential in Africa’s increasingly better educated and dynamic youth. Underpinning much of that growth was the digital revolution that swept the continent in the past decade. By leapfrogging traditional communications technologies, Africans began to experience the benefits of a digital economy.
April 13, 2021

Impact vs. ESG Investing, which one is the responsible choice?

These days, you can’t talk about finance and investing without someone bringing up non-financial concerns, but when we dive a bit deeper into this discussion, the curious reader can become confused by the seemingly interchangeable use of terms such as impact, ESG, socially responsible, and green investing to describe securities, bonds and investments strategies.
December 18, 2020

Finance in Common: Joint Approaches to a Shared Crisis

International conferences in a physical form have stopped with the COVID-19 pandemic, but fortunately their digital versions continue. Policy and decision-makers know they can address the world’s most pressing issues more readily by participating in fora that offer collective information-sharing, renewed commitment, and mutual accountability. The inaugural Finance in Common Summit took place on November 9-12, 2020. The event, which was launched as part of this year's Paris Peace Forum, brought together over 450 public development banks (PDBs) from across the globe.
November 2, 2020

Driving Women’s Empowerment with Gender-Smart Companies

Social change is rarely rapid and success for any movement depends on maintaining momentum. With that in mind, in mid-October more than 150 people from around the world came together virtually in a webinar entitled “Investing in Gender Responsive Companies”. It was a chance to sustain momentum in the drive for gender equality, while getting a better understanding of effective ways to advance it in the workplace, marketplace, and local community.