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Delivering Inclusive and Sustainable Infrastructure: Featured Infrastructure Projects and Initiatives

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. April 2017

Closing the world's infrastructure gap would take $1 to $1.5 trillion annually. The Global Infrastructure Forum aims to discuss opportunities to harness public and private resources to close this gap. The 2017 forum was jointly organised by the multilateral development banks (MDBs): African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, New Development Bank, and the World Bank Group, in close partnership with the…

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Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Getting the Policies Right

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. April 2017

Climate change will affect all types of infrastructure, including energy, transport and water. Rising temperatures, increased flood risk and other potential hazards will threaten the reliable and efficient operation of these networks, with potentially large economic and social impacts. Decisions made now about the design, location and operation of infrastructure will determine how resilient they will be to a changing climate. This OECD paper provides a framework for action aimed at national policymakers in OECD countries to help them ensure…

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Green Finance and Investment: Mobilising Bond Markets for a Low‑Carbon Transition

Organisation für Economic Co-Operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
28. April 2017

The market for green bonds has risen from USD 3 billion in 2011 to USD 95 billion in issuance in 2016. For policy makers, the OECD report proposes a framework for understanding potential directions of bond market evolution, increased convergence of rules and definitions, and quantitative analysis of the potential contribution that bond markets can make to a low-carbon transition. This report describes the development of the green bond market as an innovative instrument for green finance and provides a…

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Rethinking Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean: Spending Better to Achieve More

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
21. April 2017

Latin America and the Caribbean does not have the infrastructure it needs, or deserves, given its income. Many argue that the solution is to spend more. With perhaps the exception of Africa, Latin America does invest the least in infrastructure among developing regions as a share of GDP—less than 3 percent compared with 4-8 percent elsewhere. So the story might seem simple: the region underperforms on infrastructure and has to spend more to narrow its infrastructure “investment gap.” But that…

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Sanitation and Water for All: Priority Actions for Sector Financing

World Bank and UNICEF  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
21. April 2017

The global commitment to bring universal access to safely managed water supply and sanitation by 2030 set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) poses an unprecedented challenge. Strong political leadership will be required to bring about sector-wide changes in governance and building technical and administrative capacity at scale. This will pave the way for building, operating, and maintaining cost-effective infrastructure to supply improved and sustained services. The current model of sector finance is insufficient for reaching the goals. The policy…

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Op-Ed: Soil Remediation in China: How a Huge Pollution Problem is Putting the Green Finance Movement to the Test

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
21. April 2017

Sustainable development is an investment problem. Without shifting the bulk of investment funds from unsustainable activities to sustainable ones, it will be impossible to move the planet onto sustainable foundations, and there is no chance that we will attain the Sustainable Development Goals. The real test, however, lies in the ability of green finance to move to scale in addressing the legacy of environmental damage that plagues the planet. One such experiment is underway in China where IISD, with Chinese…

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Money Where it Matters: Financing the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement Through Local Finance

International Institute for Environment and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
21. April 2017

IIED has been researching local finance issues in urban and rural settings, in the context of climate, energy and natural resources. The report highlights the evidence and insights discussed at a workshop which focused on how financing mechanisms can more effectively channel resources to the local level. The event featured speakers from finance, research, policy and practice, who began to shape an agenda for better supporting poor women and men to have a greater voice in allocating climate and development…

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Gender and Sustainable Energy

United Nations Development Programme  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
21. April 2017

The new Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end poverty and promote well-being and prosperity while safeguarding ecological systems of the planet by 2030, has placed a much-needed emphasis on energy access and gender equality, elevating them as stand-alone sustainable development goals (SDGs). Similarly, there is now an increasing appreciation in international development discourses of the role of energy as a conduit for redressing historic gender inequities. Yet, energy poverty is still pervasive – one in five people in…

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