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Behind the Scenes of Impact Investment Policy-Making

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
31. August 2018

There is growing interest in how impact investing can achieve both domestic and international development policy goals, as well as some recognition that governments can help to build the market and scale the investment approach within the mainstream financial industry. Drivers for government involvement in impact-investing are complex. Even so, three broad themes have emerged which, although not exhaustive, provide some insight into the drivers and accelerators for government interest: – Action agendas and global momentum, such as the Sustainable…

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When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
30. August 2018

Talk of trade tariffs and heightened geopolitical tensions are dominating news headlines recently. As developed economies consider escalating protectionist policies, it’s easy to forget about the situation many emerging markets face. As outlined in the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report released in June this year, protectionist policies would affect emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) more severely than advanced economies. And this is at a time where increased investment and spending in EMDEs, including in infrastructure, is sorely needed.…

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Tackling Climate Change Through Sustainable Investment: All in a Treaty?

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
27. August 2018

To accelerate the shift away from unsustainable investments to Paris/SDG-compatible investments, The Creative Disrupters — a team of international lawyers, economists, policy advisers and communications experts — proposes the 'Treaty on Sustainable Investment for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation'. The Treaty, which is one of the winners of the Stockholm Treaty Lab contest, is structured around three building blocks: demoting unsustainable investments; promoting sustainable investments; and ensuring a just transition to environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, climate-friendly and resilient economies…

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The Future of Trust and Integrity

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
27. August 2018

Corruption is both a symptom and a consequence of today’s fractured world. Widely recognised as an obstacle to stability, growth, equity and the competitiveness of economies, corruption is a strategic risk for every business leader and an inescapable concern for government. The white paper identifies three key dimensions – institutional, behavioural and technological – of trust and integrity and their corresponding catalysts for effecting positive change in sociopolitical systems. Furthermore, it highlights the correlation between higher levels of corruption and…

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From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Gender Equality for Refugee Women and Girls

World Refugee Council  
Policy Initiative: Inclusive Solutions on Migration
27. August 2018

This paper addresses the international refugee regime’s failure, despite significant international law and policy developed over the past 30 years, to address the protection needs of refugee women and girls and to promote gender equality in policy and service provision. This failure results in serious human rights abuses and squanders the enormous potential and social capital that women and girls can bring to achieving solutions. The authors outline seven key barriers to refugee women and girls’ achieving gender equality in…

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Has the Emerging-Economy Crisis Cycle Ended?

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
27. August 2018

Emerging economies have experienced boom-bust cycles in external financing for decades. Judging by the limited contagion from the Turkish crisis, it seems that longstanding patterns in emerging markets may no longer apply. But that does not mean that emerging economies are in the clear. Project Sydicate | Has the Emerging-Economy Crisis Cycle Ended?

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Mobilizing Private Investment and the Compact with Africa: A Preliminary Assessment and Steps Ahead

T20 Task Force: Cooperation with Africa  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
20. August 2018

The Compact with Africa (CwA) is an opportunity for increasing private investment (particularly in infrastructure) in Africa through improved coordination and deeper stakeholder engagement. The process can increase transparency and provide better access to information on investment support mechanisms. It will, therefore, help to continue to redefine roles of development actors, including governments, international organisations, and the private sector. T20 Argentina | Mobilizing Private Investment and the Compact with Africa

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Social Services for Digital Citizens – Opportunities for Latin America & the Caribbean

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
20. August 2018

We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which will affect governments, businesses and economies in substantial and unanticipated ways. 4IR emerging technologies can help governments reduce costs while maintaining or even improving services. Rapid advances in technology are changing governance structures in fundamental ways, making them potentially more rational, effective, collaborative, transparent, and democratic. IDB | Social Services for Digital Citizens  

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