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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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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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