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Transformational change in the Climate Investment Funds: a synthesis of the evidence

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
30. January 2019

This report is a synthesis of evidence gathered on transformational change within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). It complements a parallel evaluation on transformational change in the countries where CIF operates. It is distinguished from the evaluation by a focus on the secondary literature, produced both within and outside CIF. The objective of the evidence synthesis is to enhance understanding of how transformational change happens across the CIF portfolio, in a range of country, sector and technology contexts. CIF was…

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The Rail Freight Challenge for Emerging Economies : How to Regain Modal Share

 
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
30. January 2019

Moving more freight by rail and waterways would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, truck-induced congestion, and noise pollution and contribute to the integrated logistics that are now a hallmark of global supply chains. The timing for the shift is right, because many emerging economies are making significant investments in railways and shippers are responding to public sentiment to reduce the negative impacts of road-related logistics. In the past, most railway organizations adopted a “build and they shall come” approach, modeled on…

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Fiscal Policies for Development and Climate Action

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
30. January 2019

Fiscal policies can lay the foundation for low-carbon and climate-resilient development. Building on more than two decades of research in development and environmental economics, this book argues that fiscal instruments are crucial for mitigating and adapting to climate change while raising human welfare. By implementing environmental tax reforms, developing countries can reap a “triple dividend”: cutting pollution, raising economic activity, and generating development cobenefits, such as cleaner water, safer roads, and improvements in human health. These reforms need not harm…

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Executive Summary of the Disaster and Climate Risk Assessment Methodology for IDB Projects: A Technical Reference for IDB Project Teams

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
28. January 2019

The effects of climate change and disasters triggered by natural hazards pose a significant threat to sustainable development in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. According to the Bank’s Technical Note What is Sustainable Infrastructure, “the region is one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. In 2017 it experienced severe losses from natural events, including floods in Peru that cost US$3.1 billion and floods in Colombia that resulted in 329 fatalities (MunichRE NatCatService, 2017).…

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The Three Revolutions Economics Needs

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
24. January 2019

The silence of most economists on the underlying causes of the political ructions erupting throughout the West – and on what, if anything, can be done to restore economic vigor – has been deafening. And it provides further evidence of the profession's refusal to acknowledge the need for change. Project Syndicate| The Three Revolutions Economics Needs

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Blockchain: Opportunities for Private Enterprises in Emerging Markets

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
24. January 2019

Over the course of two years, IFC worked with key influencers and experts in the worlds of distributed ledgers and digital finance to create a series of nine papers examining the potential and perils of blockchain. An initial report with six chapters was published October 2017. Since then, three additional in-depth notes have been added to broaden and deepen our understanding of this burgeoning technology, its enormous potential, and its many challenges. These documents collectively examine the general contours and…

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When the Cycle Becomes the Trend : The Emerging Market Experience with Fiscal Policy during the Last Commodity Super Cycle

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
24. January 2019

Fiscal buffers have shrunk across the world. This paper argues that limited fiscal room in emerging market economies today is partly due to the commodity super cycle of 2000-15. The super cycle created the mirage that economic performance had structurally improved, mistaking a long, commodity-fueled uptick in the business cycle for higher trend growth. This thinking supported fiscal expansions. When the commodity boom ended, it became apparent that countries had saved less than they should have, and that fiscal policy…

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A New Circular Vision for Electronics, Time for a Global Reboot

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Circular Economy
24. January 2019

Rapid innovation and lowering costs have dramatically increased access to electronic products and digital technology, with many benefits. This has led to an increase in the use of electronic devices and equipment. The unintended consequence of this is a steep growth of electronic and electrical waste: e-waste. E-waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. It is estimated this waste stream reached 48.5 million tonnes in 2018. Globally, society only deals with 20% of e-waste appropriately and there…

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