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Mapping the Evolving Complexity of Large Hydropower Project Finance in Emerging Economies

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
17. April 2020

Hydropower has a specific role to play in the broader context of sustainable development, particularly, but not exclusively in improving energy access. The financing options available for emerging economies affect the way these countries are able to utilise their natural resources for social and economic development, including progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper traces the evolution and complexity of hydropower financing from the early 1970s to the present day, showing how the types and roles of various actors…

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ASEAN Green Finance State of the Market 2019

Climate Bonds Initiative  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
17. April 2020

This report reviews the progress made across the regional green finance landscape and emerging opportunities for more green bonds, loans and sukuks in the ASEAN nations. It analyses green bond and loan issuance in the region, provides some examples of the wider labelled bond market in the region, and includes a contribution from the ASEAN+3 Asian Bond Markets Initiative about its work supporting the growth of the local green bond markets in ASEAN. Finally, it also provides country-level overviews and…

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Southeast Asia’s Renewable Energy Transition Likely to Take Hit from COVID-19: Experts

Channel News Asia  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
17. April 2020

Regional aspirations for a swift transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy are likely to be dashed by the economic and market crises triggered by the global COVID-19 outbreak, experts say. Southeast Asian nations already struggling to meet climate change targets will find those goals further from reach, with the unprecedented health emergency becoming the principal priority and a major economic burden. Channel News Asia | Southeast Asia’s Renewable Energy Transition Likely to Take Hit from COVID-19: Experts

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Africa’s Green Renewal Gathers Pace

African Business  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
9. April 2020

Despite myriad challenges, Africa’s uptake of renewable energy is belatedly moving in the right direction. David Thomas examines how the exciting potential of new technologies is making progress in the face of defective government, policy inertia and risk-averse big business. African Business | Africa’s Green Renewal Gathers Pace

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Coronavirus to Cause Decrease in Spending on Infrastructure and Water Projects: Survey

Environment + Energy Leader  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
9. April 2020

Despite the fact that social infrastructure and water projects, such as clean water and wastewater operations, are identified as top priorities from private and public sector entities from around the world, a new CG/LA Infrastructure survey shows that global industry leaders are not hopeful about an increase in infrastructure spending following the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. Environment + Energy Leader | Coronavirus to Cause Decrease in Spending on Infrastructure and Water Projects: Survey

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Infrastructure Spending to Restore Economic Growth in Latin America

ISPI  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
8. April 2020

Once the pandemic is over, re-starting growth in Latin America will pose unique challenges. Infrastructure spending remains a valid policy option to restore economic growth – in advanced as well as in emerging economies. The multiplying effect of infrastructure spending in Latin America is likely to be many times larger because of the bad state of transport, telecommunications, energy, and water infrastructures in the region. International financial institutions, such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank, should play a major role…

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Synergies Between Climate Finance Mechanisms

Green Climate Fund & Climate Investment Funds  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
3. April 2020

A report jointly commissioned by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) shows that country-driven coordination and collaboration between funds in blending finance can lead to better development outcomes, enhanced efficiency, and increased financing in developing countries. The study, Synergies Between Climate Finance Mechanisms, is the result of a multilevel analysis of activities supported by the CIF and GCF, as well as interactions and synergies with the Global Environment Facility and Adaptation Fund, to the extent…

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Building the Future of Quality Infrastructure

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
3. April 2020

A newly published set of policy proposals details ways to ensure infrastructure growth that drives economic and social development while overcoming limitations in public funding, against the backdrop of increasing demands on government revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Asian Development Bank | Building the Future of Quality Infrastructure

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