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Accelerating Corporate Procurement of Renewable Energy in India

World Business Council for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
29. June 2018

Purchasing renewable electricity is becoming more attractive for companies across the world. In India, increasing grid power tariffs for commercial and industrial consumers, falling prices for renewable projects and renewable energy’s contributions to sustainability commitments have led to companies actively procuring renewable power for their operations. One option for companies to buy renewable power is to use corporate renewable Power purchase Agreements, a contract between a power buyer and a power producer to purchase electricity at a pre-agreed price for…

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Energy-Water-Land Nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Perspective from the Paris Agreement Climate Mitigation Pledges

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
29. June 2018

The concept of the energy, water, and land (EWL) nexus encompasses a growing concern on the availability of vital resources derived from these intertwined systems, and how to manage the nexus resources to respond to the challenges posed by future human demands, aggravated by the perspective of climate change. This paper explores how the Paris Pledges might influence the EWL nexus in Latin America. In particular, it explores the near-term and long-term implications of the Paris pledges on the EWL…

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Closing the Financing Gap in Asian Infrastructure

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
29. June 2018

ADB in 2017 estimated a financing gap in economic infrastructure of $459 billion per year for Asia. The gap almost doubles to $907 billion with the expected need for funding of social infrastructure. Infrastructure investment in Asia, both in economic and social infrastructure, faces a massive financing gap despite the region’s high savings. The cause of this gap is a capital flow paradox in which Asia’s outflow of portfolio funds far exceeds the inflow. To change this, three areas must…

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Regenerative PPPs (R+PPP): Designing PPPs that keep delivering

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
29. June 2018

Experience shows that private-public-partnership (PPP) projects with a limited time span bear the risk of being returned to the government in poor state, rendering the public officials with the burden of refurbishing these projects when at the same time having the need of building new projects. Hence, should we not be asking ourselves: why do we design PPP projects that have a limited life expectancy? We do not have to deliver static projects with a limited shelf life. Instead, we need…

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Chinese Investments and Africa’s Small-Scale Producers: Disruptions and Opportunities

International Institute for Environment and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
29. June 2018

As China increases its engagement with Africa through trade, investment and aid, development researchers and practitioners are increasingly concerned about its potentially unique impacts on the continent’s development pathways, environment and marginalised populations. While the popular discourse is still largely polarised between win-win or neocolonialist narratives, especially linked to China’s disruption of business as-usual and its appetite for natural resources, scholars have increasingly sought to break away from the current dichotomy to offer more rigorous and nuanced analyses grounded in…

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Ecosystem-based Approaches to Adaptation: Strengthening the Evidence and Informing Policy

International Institute for Environment and Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
25. June 2018

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall strategy to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and promote sustainable development. This report presents the results of using our Framework for Assessing EbA Effectiveness at the Climate Resilient Livestock Production on Communal Lands project, South Africa. The findings will be combined with those from 12 other sites in 11 other countries to help show climate change policymakers when…

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Porto Alegre: Participatory Budgeting and the Challenge of Sustaining Transformative Change

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
25. June 2018

This case study in the World Resources Report, "Towards a More Equal City," examines transformative urban change in Porto Alegre, Brazil, through the lens of participatory budgeting. The research focuses on whether and how transformative change has taken place in the city between 1990 and the present. The paper analyses the reasons for the suspension and argues that the success of participatory budgeting as a tool of transformative urban change in contingent on four conditions: 1) well-structured participatory arrangements to…

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Impact Evaluation of Road Improvements and Rural Poverty – Baseline Survey in the Ningxia Liupanshan Area of the People’s Republic of China

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
25. June 2018

To evaluate the impact of the ADB-funded road improvement project on rural poverty, results of the baseline survey in the Ningxia Liupanshan Area will be compared against the results of ex-post surveys after the completion of the project. Rural road improvements indirectly benefit the poor by generating more income opportunities. ADB is financing a major road-improvement project in rural areas of the People’s Republic of China. In order to assess the impacts of improved rural transport, two surveys are needed:…

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