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Creating Impact. The Promise of Impact Investing

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
18. April 2019

This report takes stock of the market for impact investing and examines the conditions that would allow the market to grow and realize its potential. Over the last decade, impact investing has gained prominence as an approach to investment that aims to achieve both financial returns and social or environmental goals. This has created a dynamic but somewhat disorganized market of diverse participants, standards, and concepts. Although still small, the market is attracting considerable interest, and it has the potential…

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Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019

Green Growth Knowledge Platform  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
12. April 2019

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of sustainable finance. Prepared by more than 60 UN agencies, programmes and offices and other relevant international organizations, the report puts forward a set of policy recommendations for achieving tangible progress on financing for sustainable development in 2019 and beyond. Green Growth Knowledge Platform | Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019

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Beyond the Gap : How Countries Can Afford the Infrastructure They Need while Protecting the Planet

Green Growth Knowledge Platform  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
12. April 2019

This report aims to shift the debate regarding investment needs away from a simple focus on spending more and toward a focus on spending better on the right objectives, using relevant metrics. It does so by offering a careful and systematic approach to estimating the funding needs to close the service gaps in water and sanitation, transportation, electricity, irrigation, and flood protection. Exploring thousands of scenarios, this report finds that funding needs depend on the service goals and policy choices of low- and middle-income countries and could…

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Emerging Risks for Emerging Economies

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
12. April 2019

The US Federal Reserve's pause on further monetary-policy tightening has fueled a revival of capital inflows. But, given the uncertainties about US policy and Chinese growth prospects, it is too early to conclude that emerging economies are out of the woods. Suddenly it seems that emerging-market economies have gained a respite. Capital flows to these economies dried up in the second half of last year as the US Federal Reserve raised its policy rate for five consecutive quarters and shrank…

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Making Digital Platforms Work for Development

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. April 2019

Digital platforms create new opportunities for companies of all sizes to engage in trade. They can lead to efficiency gains through lower transaction costs and reduced information asymmetries supported by rating systems. Other benefits include lower consumer prices, increased market access, more competition, better use of underutilized resources and increased flexibility for the providers of services. However, gains are not automatic, and there are growing concerns over the rising market power of certain platforms and the related implications for competition,…

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India’s Energy Transition: Stranded coal power assets, workers and energy subsidies

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
5. April 2019

India's 2018 crisis of stressed coal power assets may rear its head in future years as various drivers suggest increased coal power costs in the future. Government interventions should not only focus on the short term, they also need to support a managed transition fair for all involved, including workers. Current drivers of stressed assets include coal shortages and the financial distress of energy distribution companies (DISCOMs), while future drivers are likely to include water scarcity, air pollution regulations and cost-competitiveness of renewables.…

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The Case for Responsible Investing in Digital Financial Services

IFC  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
5. April 2019

Together with private sector investors, IFC has been leading a global effort to develop new guidelines for responsible investing in digital finance. These guidelines leverage IFC’s significant experience with the Equator Principles and responsible investing in micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by focusing on strengthening governance, risk management, consumer protection, and financial well-being for the unbanked and underserved—as well as IFC’s experience as advisor and investor in the digital finance space. IFC | The Case for Responsible Investing in…

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Infrastructure for sustainable development

Nature Sustainability  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. April 2019

Infrastructure systems form the backbone of every society, providing essential services that include energy, water, waste management, transport and telecommunications. Infrastructure can also create harmful social and environmental impacts, increase vulnerability to natural disasters and leave an unsustainable burden of debt. Investment in infrastructure is at an all-time high globally, thus an ever-increasing number of decisions are being made now that will lock-in patterns of development for future generations. Although for the most part these investments are motivated by the…

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