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Ghana is set on a path for Green Jobs

Ghana wants better and more sustainable jobs across the country and is ready to invest more than USD 13 million to that end. But the to-do list is long. If the strategy succeeds, thousands could be lifted from precarious employment.

Arbitration services in the OHADA region and beyond - Exchange among peers for enhancement

Investments in African countries have grown at a steady pace over several years, some of which have triggered disputes that require inclusive and effective resolution services in an increasingly challenging business environment. Arbitrage is one such a commercial dispute resolution method.

Staying above Water – Challenges to Credit Risk Management in the Pacific

As with any organisation engaged in lending, the management of credit risk is a key factor for development banks, yet they additionally have to balance economic sustainability with development impact. To this end, a solid credit risk management is key for DFIs, which can be challenging.

Raising and spending public revenues for climate change adaptation: the case for fiscal policy

The World Bank outlined how fiscal policies are an underused tool for aligning financial resources towards achieving the aims of the Paris Agreement. While we see numerous discussions about fossil fuel subsidies, carbon pricing and carbon revenues where are the discussions on using fiscal policy for climate change adaptation?

Pas de taille unique pour tous: Les besoins variés des entreprises sociales et inclusives

Business Council devises Southern Africa strategy

The Southern African Development Community’s Business Council (SADC BC) has developed its first ever five-year strategy and action plan with support from the ICR Facility. One of the challenges of launching such an initiative is to ensure that it achieves its goal. This is even more relevant in the Covid-19 era, where the business outlook may not be as positive and where businesses more than ever need to benefit from initiatives such as SADC BC.

Beating climate change: Why finance needs to flow to small entrepreneurs in the Pacific and Carribean

Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and Pacific could help battle the ever more dramatic effects of climate change, but at the moment, there is little of the right kind of finance available to help these small businesses to take off. While billions of dollars of climate focused finance was flowing to the Pacific and the Caribbean, it wasn’t meeting the needs of social and green enterprises.

How can the countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific accelerate their transition towards more climate resilient development?

Adapting to the consequences of global warming in ACP countries requires considerable investments in water management, flood protection, agriculture, healthcare, and infrastructure. Investment needs for this adaptation are enormous and it remains a challenge to unlock greater flows of finance towards climate resilient development. Development Financial Institutes and the private sector play an increasingly critical role here.

Financer la diversité : un défi pour les investisseurs

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Quels sont les enjeux du développement du crowdfunding dans les pays ACP ?

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Le Prêt d’Honneur : plus qu’un instrument financier, un dispositif complet de soutien à la création d’entreprise et pour le développement des territoires

Responding to the adaptation finance gap in 2021: catalysing private actors in ACP countries

African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are highly vulnerable to climate change and have an urgent need to attract investment for climate change adaption and for building their economies’ resilience. This will require large-scale private sector resource mobilization, which currently faces critical challenges. But there are solutions how the international community can respond to these challenges.

Blended Finance – a powerful tool for DFIs

Blended finance as a tool has great importance in light of the current economic challenges and the cost of financing to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ACP countries. Instruments include concessional debt or equity, guarantees and insurance, technical assistance support, project preparation and design-stage grants as well as results-based financing. All these subjects were discussed with DFIs during a training session.