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The Case for Platform Governance

Centre for International Governance Innovation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
8. November 2019

In recent years, the debate about the role of digital technology in our society, our economy and our democracies has shifted, and questions about the social and economic costs of the platform economy have emerged. Democratic governments around the world have begun to search for a strategy to govern the digital public sphere. Many are converging on what might be called a platform governance agenda. But what might a platform governance agenda look like? This paper considers three dimensions. The…

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Scaling Up Climate-Compatible Infrastructure

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
8. November 2019

National development banks and development finance institutions – domestically focused, publicly owned financial institutions with a specific development mandate – are poised to play a role in bridging the investment gap for climate-compatible infrastructure in developing countries. But delivering on the Paris Agreement will require NDBs to transition from their traditional role as ‘financer’ to ‘mobiliser’ of investment for infrastructure, and to be better recognised in the international climate and development finance landscape. This paper highlights the role of NDBs…

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The Future of Asian and Pacific Cities

United Nations Development Programme  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
8. November 2019

The cities of 2030, 2050 and 2100 will be very different from today. They will be cities transformed in their demographic composition, in their implementation of technology and in their wider ecological contexts. The challenges of building cities sustainable enough to meet the changing needs of the future will require new ways of thinking and working, as well as new kinds of multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships. The Future of Asian and Pacific Cities report 2019 makes the case for four…

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Accelerating Energy Access With Aggregation

International Institute for Development and Environment  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
1. November 2019

Electricity products as small as solar lanterns or as large as mini-grids connecting many households play a significant role in electricity access across Africa and Asia. These ‘decentralised energy systems’ complement grid extension, but need public and private investment of over USD20 billion annually to meet the ambition of the SDGs. It has taken a decade to reach about USD2 billion worth of investments into private companies. Looking to 2030, IIED has identified aggregation as a promising accelerant to energy…

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Banking on Asia: Alignment With the Paris Agreement at Six Development Finance Institutions in Asia

Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
1. November 2019

Development finance institutions across Asia are beginning to implement their commitment to aligning their financial flows with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Some have made more progress, whereas others appear to have only just begun. Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd | Banking on Asia: Alignment With the Paris Agreement at Six Development Finance Institutions in Asia

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Sea Change: Delivering a Zero Carbon Economy in Southeast Asia

Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
1. November 2019

Southeast Asia is one of the most vibrant and fastest growing economic  regions in the world. Demand for energy services is growing extremely fast:  since 2000 overall energy demand has grown by more than 80 percent and the vast majority of this growth has been met by a doubling of fossil fuel use. Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd | Sea Change: Delivering a Zero Carbon Economy in Southeast Asia  

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Different Paths Lead to Sustainable Investing

Environmental Finance  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
25. October 2019

Though the terms ESG and impact investing are often used interchangeably – and one could argue that the end goal is the same, namely, a more sustainable investment approach – there are both similarities and differences that investors need to appreciate.In the past, socially responsible investing was often seen as a process of negative screening – not investing in companies that engaged in producing firearms, tobacco, gambling and nuclear energy, for example. Environmental Finance | Different Paths Lead to Sustainable…

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Airport Infrastructure in Latin America and the Carribean

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
25. October 2019

Commercial air transport of passengers and cargo has undergone enormous changes in recent decades, owing to factors such as exponential passenger growth, consolidation of the low-cost airline model and ever more demanding safety and environmental requirements. Over the past decade, the number of passengers carried worldwide grew at an average annual rate of around 7 percent, putting the total at some 4 billion passengers per year. In the same period, the number of passengers transported in Latin America and the…

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