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Covid-19 Is Accelerating ESG Investing And Corporate Sustainability Practices

Forbes  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
25. May 2020

So far, the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has not stopped the growth of ESG investing, which has seen a steady increase in inflows and better-than-average returns since the start of the pandemic. In a recent research paper, DWS argues that the pandemic is advancing the strategic case for sustainable investment. The question now arises whether ESG investing and its corporate equivalent, the integration of sustainability into business models, will become the new normal or whether the pandemic will eventually slow them down or derail them. Forbes | Covid-19 Is…

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Webinar: “Reassessing Sustainable Infrastructure In Light Of Covid-19”

Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
22. May 2020

Against the backdrop of the current multidimensional health, economic and social crisis, experts from The Solutions Lab: Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure reconvened virtually to discuss implications of COViD-19 for the sustainable infrastructure agenda. The webinar also served to prepare a Global Table for the 2020 Digital Global Solutions Summit on “COVID-19 & the Reinforced Case for Sustainable Infrastructure: Mobilizing Infrastructure Investments as Catalysts for Net Zero & SDG Delivery”. Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues| Webinar: “Reassessing Sustainable Infrastructure In Light Of Covid-19"

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Five Actions Can Help Mitigate Risks to Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19

PwC  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
22. May 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. As the international response continues to develop, we know that infrastructure project owners and contractors are beginning to face potentially significant challenges which they need to contend with rapidly. Action can be taken now to plan for risks to delivering infrastructure projects. Organisations can take five actions to mitigate negative results. PwC | Five Actions Can Help Mitigate Risks to Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19

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COVID-19 and Infrastructure: A very Tricky Opportunity

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
22. May 2020

When trying to assess what the coronavirus (COVID-19) means for the infrastructure sector, a look back at previous crises can be informative. Past experience indicates that, when economic growth declines, so too does public investment. Yet, the pandemic will increase calls for increased spending to address certain priorities, such as digital connectivity, health care, welfare, pandemic-proofing of public services, and infrastructure such as transport. World Bank | COVID-19 and Infrastructure: A very Tricky Opportunity

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COVID-19 Underlines the Importance of Fintech in Emerging Markets

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
18. May 2020

Leading a global business entity, one quickly understands the fundamental importance of fintech services to the developing world. Fintechs have a unique capability to extend financial inclusion, improve the daily lives of people and spur growth. Despite the fact that several developing countries – especially those in Africa – are, thankfully, at what may be considered a less advanced stage of the pandemic, key sectors of the economy in emerging markets are already experiencing a slowdown. So what does this…

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Digital Connectivity: The Infrastructure of the Future

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Digital Economy -- Neu
15. May 2020

This document discusses the institutional, legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks that are needed to prompt the investment necessary to close the digital connectivity infrastructure gap between the OECD countries and Latin America and the Carribean. These good practices—including infrastructure sharing, international coordination, and public–private collaboration—are instrumental for leveraging technology and business models innovations capable of disrupting traditional digital connectivity infrastructure deployment cost-benefit structures, hence enabling advancements in the connectivity frontier, which is a necessary enabler for mainstreaming upcoming innovative applications…

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Increasing Infrastructure Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
15. May 2020

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are a cost effective way to build infrastructure resilient to a changing climate, while also delivering other societal benefits. Yet, project developers in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) have limited experience structuring these type of projects. In tackling some of these downstream challenges, the present technical guide provides a 12-step process to integrate NbS into project development. The Guidance is targeted to planners, engineers, architects, contractors and operators interested in preparing bankable climate resilient projects that…

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Use of 4IR Technologies in Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Digital Economy -- Neu
15. May 2020

The goal of this report is to provide an overview of some of the current applications of key 4IR technologies (Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Big Data, Blockchain, Drones and Remote Sensing, and Virtual and Augmented Reality) in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector (WASH) globally and in the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and outline the main opportunities and challenges in deploying these technologies in the WASH sector. Inter-American Development Bank | Use of 4IR…

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