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Valuing Sustainability in Infrastructure Investments: Market Status, Barriers and Opportunities

WWF  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. April 2019

This report assesses the current landscape of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration in the infrastructure investment space. The assessment includes an overview of tools available to support investors and other actors in evaluating and quantifying ESG criteria and incorporating them into the infrastructure development and investment process. Mainly, the report identifies key opportunities to facilitate ESG integration among the infrastructure investment community, and to increase the adoption of the existing tools and standards. The report’s secondary purpose is to provide…

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Which Way to Livable and Productive Cities? : A Road Map for Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
29. March 2019

For African cities to grow economically as they have grown in size, they must create productive environments to attract investments, increase economic efficiency, and create livable environments that prevent urban costs from rising with increased population densification. What are the central obstacles that prevent African cities and towns from becoming sustainable engines of economic growth and prosperity? Among the most critical factors that limit the growth and livability of urban areas are land markets, investments in public infrastructure and assets,…

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ASEAN Guidelines for Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry

ASEAN  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
29. March 2019

The ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry were adopted by ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in October 2018. The guidelines have as their main objective the promotion of responsible regional investment in food, agriculture and forestry that ensures economic development, while also incorporating and reflecting the diverse circumstances of different ASEAN member states. Ensuring responsible investment in these sectors will be key in meeting the food safety and security needs of the growing…

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Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development: The Gender Dimension

UNIDO  
Policy Initiative: Other
29. March 2019

Industrialization can significantly contribute to poverty reduction and shared prosperity by promoting structural change, generating employment and facilitating more efficient use of resources. Its benefits however, have not historically been enjoyed equally by all segments of the population. Women are often precluded access to secure and well-paid jobs in manufacturing industries and related service sectors, and their participation in the development of technologies remains limited. Recognizing this, UNIDO is committed to a policy agenda that promotes inclusive and sustainable industrial…

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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Perspectives from Developing Countries

UN Environment  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
29. March 2019

The value of trade in clean technology related services has more than quintupled over the last decade, while global trade in clean technologies increased 60% from 2006 to 2016. Increasing trade in clean technologies promotes economic development, job creation and innovation while simultaneously fostering economic and climate resilience. A holistic approach to tackling the barriers to clean technologies trade could help developing countries further harness clean technology trade opportunities.   UN Environment | Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Perspectives from Developing…

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Rating resilience: Factoring climate resilience into infrastructure risk metrics

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
29. March 2019

This paper proposes a framework for defining risk metrics to capture climate resilience in infrastructure assets. It first outlines the risks that infrastructure is exposed to under a future of climate change, before summarising some of the current approaches used by large investment organisations to measure the resilience of this infrastructure. Finally, the paper proposes a method to develop a framework for risk metrics that build on these approaches. Observer Research Foundation | Rating resilience: Factoring climate resilience into infrastructure…

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Financing development: Fintech in Africa

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
22. March 2019

In many African countries—some of the most unbanked areas in the world—digital banking applications are redefining what it is to bank in economies with shallow penetration of the formal banking sector, representing an innovative force that is breaking new ground in the long-standing challenge of financial inclusion. This brief explores the emerging world of fintech in the context of Africa, outlining why financial technology applications are making waves on the continent.  The role of key stakeholders, such as traditional banks…

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Leveraging Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture: A Guide for Development Organizations Based on the Sustainable Development Goals

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
22. March 2019

Voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) can contribute indirectly to household food security and gender equality in food access through sustainable production practices that contribute to a diverse and nutritional diet, and by potentially contributing to higher incomes generated from certification. Financial supports provided through certification, such as pre-financing or premiums, can contribute to women’s ability to access productive inputs and credit, when producer organizations support these measures enhancing women’s rights to productive agricultures resources. Certification through VSSs can alleviate some of women’s…

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