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The Importance of Digital Microfinance for Emerging Markets in a COVID-19 World

Global Banking and Finance Review  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Digital Economy
28. June 2020

Most microfinance clients work in the informal sector and have little savings to fall back on in times of need – to meet daily food demands or to find ways to support themselves and their families. In this current environment of financial and health stress, digitally-enabled microfinance organisations like FINCA Impact Finance have a vital role to play. But while technology can help facilitate convenience and physical distancing, this alone isn’t the full solution. Global Banking and Finance Review | The…

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Impact of Infrastructure Investment on Developed and Developing Economies

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. June 2020

This paper uses two longitudinal datasets—one with more limited coverage from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and another constructed using general government gross fixed capital formation—to test for the relative effects of infrastructure versus non-infrastructure investment on output per worker, between developed and developing economies. The paper presents evidence that increasing infrastructure per worker has a larger relative impact on developing economies. This also implies that the share of gross capital formation devoted to infrastructure should be higher…

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Carbon-Free Energy Development Network in Southeast Asia

Heinrich Böll Stiftung  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. June 2020

The nations of Southeast Asia stand at a crossroad in terms of their collective energy future. Over the next decade, the region will experience rapid economic growth and a 50 percent rise in energy demand. With this growth will come challenges, as the region strives to supply energy affordably, sustainably and securely. The region will see a 4 percent annual growth in primary energy demand until 2025, amounting to a rise of 50 percent over 2014 levels. Besides primary energy, electricity demand will…

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Do Sound Infrastructure Governance and Regulation Affect Productivity Growth? New Insights from Firm Level Data

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. June 2020

Measuring the quality of governance and regulation in various ways and focusing on energy, transport and telecommunications, this paper shows that both sound governance of infrastructure investment and pro-competitive regulation in network industries are associated with stronger productivity growth in firms operating downstream. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development | Do Sound Infrastructure Governance and Regulation Affect Productivity Growth? New Insights from Firm Level Data

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The International Energy Agency Sees a Post-Coronavirus Renewable Future, Asia May Not

Reuters  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
19. June 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has laid out a compelling path on how governments can use the recovery from the novel coronavirus recession to switch to renewable energies and help meet global climate change goals. The trick is going to be getting Asian countries to follow the road map. The IEA outlined how countries could accelerate the deployment of low-carbon electricity such as solar and wind, increase the use of cleaner transport options and improve energy efficiency in the Sustainable Recovery…

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The Mighty Effort to Save the USD 3.6 Trillion Global Infrastructure Market

Forbes  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
19. June 2020

The USD 3.6 trillion annual global infrastructure market is one of the most important, complex, challenging - and potentially rewarding - markets in the world. It is also deeply in crisis from the Coronavirus epidemic. Those are the conclusions that I draw from the World Bank’s Annual Report on Global Economic Prospects (released 8 June 2020), which shows developed economy GDP declining by 7 percent this year, with overall global GDP declining 5.5 percent. Recovery to 2019 levels is pushed out through 2022 in…

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Power up: Investing in Infrastructure to Drive Sustainable Growth in Emerging Markets

Swiss Re Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
19. June 2020

Beyond the global recession shock inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, emerging markets are forecast to grow by around 4.4 percent annually over the next decade, slower than the yearly average of 5.5 percent in 2010-19. Against the weaker growth backdrop, emerging economies need to improve productivity. Here counter cyclical investment in infrastructure can play a key role. Traditionally, emerging markets have relied mostly on public funding for their infrastructure needs. With government budgets under strain, the private sector will play…

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Transformative Climate Finance : A New Approach for Climate Finance to Achieve Low-Carbon Resilient Development in Developing Countries

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
19. June 2020

This  report analyses options to make international public climate finance more transformative. The report identifies eight sets of levers to drive climate action: project-based investments, financial sector reform, fiscal policy, sectoral policies, trade policy, innovation and technology transfer, carbon markets, and climate intelligence. It then examines how climate finance is deployed to address barriers to action for each lever and derives general principles for transformative climate finance based on this analysis relating to allocation of climate finance, use of different…

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