Catalyzing Green Finance: A Concept for Leveraging Blended Finance for Green Development
This paper published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) describes an innovative financing solution for enhancing both financially bankable as well as environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects.
A large financing need challenges climate-adjusted infrastructure in developing Asia, estimated at $26 trillion till 2030. This necessitates crowding-in private sources to meet financing, efficiency, and technology gaps. However, a lack of bankable projects is a major hurdle. This publication suggests one possible innovative financing approach. The Green Finance Catalyzing Facility (GFCF) proposes a blended finance framework for governments and development entities to better leverage development funds for risk mitigation, generate a pipeline of bankable green infrastructure projects, and directly catalyse private finance. The GFCF provides useful inputs for the current debate on mainstreaming green finance into country financial systems.