The key role of Public Development Banks in transitions

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when ? where ?
The Tuesday 17 May 2022
From 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
Online or at AFD in Paris
How do development banks engage in sustainable development?

Our world is changing. It is riven by economic, social, historical and environmental fractures. The coronavirus crisis is increasing our vulnerabilities and jeopardising efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is becoming a time of transition, which prompts us to redouble our strength and optimism to build a response that will immediately help those most in need - particularly in Africa - while shifting the focus towards a less unequal world, aware of the devastating hazards of climate or the loss of biodiversity.

This path is one of development that reconciles the well-being of people with the capacities of our planet. A group of little-known financial actors, the Public Development Banks, have a vocation to invest in this, to invent it if necessary. There are more than 500 of them and they deploy 10% of the world's investment.

This conference, organised on the occasion of the publication of a special issue of the "Review of Political Economy", will bring together the journal's scientific editor with the most advanced researchers on the subject. They will share their most recent research findings in an interactive format that is accessible to all. They will show how, beyond their own financing, public development banks can play a catalytic role in helping to redirect the world's $20 trillion in investments towards sustainable development.

You can join the event at AFD headquarters or online.


when ?
Tuesday 17 May 2022
From 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
where ?
Online or at AFD in Paris
Emeritus Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University
Special Advisor Sustainable Finance, AFD
Reader in Development Studies, SOAS University of London & Research Associate at the Municipal Services Project
Director of “Innovation, Research and Knowledge”, AFD
Editor-in-Chief, Review of Political Economy
Senior Economist, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Location of the event

Auditorium du Mistral (AFD)
3 place Louis Armand