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The Visible Hand: Development banks in Transition
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From Tuesday 03 November 2020 to Tuesday 10 November 2020
Online event
The 14th AFD International Research Conference on Development, The Visible Hand: Development Banks in Transition will take place in the framework of the Finance in Common Summit, the first global meeting of all public development banks. The Academic Days will take place from 3 to 5 November 2020, followed by the Open Discussion Days on 9 and 10 November 2020. In the context of the severe crisis affecting the world following the Covid-19 disruption, this new edition will focus on development banks’ key contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to paving the way to rebuild our economic systems in a more responsible and sustainable way.

It is organized with the academic support of the lnstitute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE), the lnstitute for Sustainable Development and lnternational Relations (lDDRl) and of the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI).

Due to the exceptional ongoing context, the conference will be held online.
  • Open Discussion Days 9-10/11
  • Academic Days 3-5/11
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  • Research program
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On 9 and 10 November, the Open Discussion Days will gather researchers, Public Development Banks representatives and other stakeholders to reflect, in the light of the current crisis, on the key role development banks could play for building an efficient global, development-oriented finance architecture.

The online public conference will aim to deliver concrete policy recommendations to decision-makers, on how to scale up development banks’ potential at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and pave the way forward to a more responsible and sustainable recovery of our economic systems. The International Research Initiative on Public Development Banks (PDBs) working groups will present their work and findings.

High-level speakers will include senior officials from development banks, in particular members of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) and the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), as well as renowned economists and researchers. We are proud to count Nobel Prize in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, and Masood Ahmed, chief executive officer of the CGDev as our distinguished keynote speakers.
 

Download the detailed provisional agenda
 

The 14th AFD International Research Conference on Development will start with three Academic Days that will take place from 3 to 5 November 2020. This online workshop will be dedicated to researchers and experts from academia, think tanks and international organizations.

The researchers involved in the International Research Initiative on Public Development Banks (PDBs) working groups and pilot research program will present their findings. This network of thematically-focused open working groups, involving 28 researchers from 20 institutions across the globe, was launched by the Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University, and sponsored by the Agence française de développement (AFD), Ford Foundation, and the International Development Finance Club (IDFC).

In total 15 research papers will be discussed, covering the five key challenges exposed by the research program:

  • The characterization of SDG-compatible investments
  • Business models
  • Governance
  • The financial regulation of PDBs
  • The global development finance architecture



Draft program
 

Note : All times given are CET Paris time (UTC +1)

Day 1 - November 3, 2020

  • 13:00 – 14:25    Working Group - Characterization of SDG-compatible investments
  • 13:00 – 13:05    Introduction 
  • 13:05 – 13:20    Paper Presentation : Public Development Banks and the Alignment with 2030 Agenda: The Aim of the Transformative Scale-up
  • 13:20 – 13:35    Paper Presentation : Piloting and Scaling Up Clean Energy Transitions: The Role of Development Financial Institutions
  • 13:35 – 13:50    Paper Presentation : Climate Change and the Project Cycle: A Comparative Analysis of Development Finance Institutions
  • 13:50 – 14:20    Discussion
  • 14:20 – 14:25    Break 
  • 14:25 – 15:35    Working Group - Regulatory frameworks
  • 14:25 – 14:30    Introduction
  • 14:30 – 14:45    Paper Presentation : Financial Regulation of NDBs
  • 14:45 – 15:00    Paper Presentation : Climate Risks and DFI Regulation
  • 15:00 – 15:30    Discussion (30mins)
  • 15:30 – 15:35    Wrap-up
     

Day 2- November 4, 2020

  • 13:00 – 14:20   Working Group - Business Model of Development Banks
    Introduction
  • 13:00 – 13:15    Paper presentation: Effective Development Banking: Loans or Guarantees?
  • 13:15 – 13:30    Paper presentation: Matching Risks with Instruments in Development Banks
  • 13:30 – 13:45    Paper presentation: The allocation of resources of national development banks
  • 13:45 – 14:15    Discussion
  • 14:15 – 14:20        Break 
  • 14:25 – 15:30    Working Group - Governance of DFIs
    Introduction
  • 14:30 – 14:45    Paper Presentation : The autonomy of National Development Banks
  • 14:45 – 15:00    Paper Presentation : A review of governance and performance of National Development Banks in Africa
  • 15:00 – 15:30    Discussion


Day 3 - November 5, 2020

  • 13:30 – 14:50    Working Group - Inclusion of Development Banks in the Global Financial Architecture
    Introduction
  • 13:35 – 13:50    Paper Presentation : National Development Banks and the Global Development Financial Architecture
  • 13:50 – 14:05    Paper Presentation : Exchange Rate and Balance of payment risks in the global development finance architecture
  • 14:05 – 14:20    Paper Presentation : From global to local: subnational development banks in the era of Sustainable Development Goals
  • 14:20 – 14:50    Discussion
  • (TBC)    Planning Ahead: Research agenda in the year of 2021 and beyond (1h) (Participants: co-ordinators and co-chairs) 
     

Download the list of our speakers with their biographies


Among our speakers:

  • Masood AHMED 
    President, Center for Global Development 
  • Emmanuelle ASSOUAN
    Deputy Director General for financial stability and operations,  Banque de France 
  • Samantha ATTRIDGE 
    Senior Research Fellow, ODI
  • Lavinia BARROS DE CASTRO
    Manager, BNDES – The Brazilian Development Bank
  • Bruno CABRILLAC 
    Deputy Director General Statistics Economics and International, Banque de France 
  • Serge EKUÉ 
    President, West African Development Bank (BOAD)
  • Kevin GALLAGHER 
    Professor and Director, Global Development Policy Center, Pardee School of  Global Studies, Boston University
  • Ricardo GOTTSCHALK
    Senior Economist, Resident Coordinator Office (RCO), South Africa, United Nations
  • Stephany GRIFFITH-JONES
    Financial Markets Director, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University; Emeritus Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University
  • Sergio GUSMÃO SUCHODOLSKI
    CEO, Development Bank of Minas Gerais
  • Ulrich HEGE
    Professor and Vice President, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Fritzi KÖHLER-GEIB
    Chief Economist, KfW Group
  • Alexia LATORTUE
    Managing Director for Corporate Strategy, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Nancy LEE  
    Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Régis MARODON
    Senior Advisor on sustainable finance, Agence française de développement 
  • Mariana MAZZUCATO 
    Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose 
  • Ahmadou Aly MBAYE 
    Professor of economics and president, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar
  • Thomas MELONIO
    Executive Director for Innovation, Research and Knowledge, Agence française de développement
  • José Antonio OCAMPO
    Professor, Columbia University
  • Rémy RIOUX
    Chief Executive Officer, Agence française de développement; Chairman, International Development Finance Club (IDFC)
  • Alfredo SCHCLAREK CURUTCHET
    Associate Researcher, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina 
  • Haje SCHÜTTE
    Senior Counsellor and Head of the Financing for Sustainable Development Division, OECD
  • Vera SONGWE 
    United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa @ECA_OFFICIA
  • Shari SPIEGEL
    Chief of Policy Analysis and Development, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, Department of Economics and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • Lord Nicholas STERN 
    IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics
  • Joseph STIGLITZ
    University Professor and Economist, Columbia University 
  • Admassu TADESSE
    President and Chief Executive, Trade and Development Bank
  • Sébastien TREYER
    Executive Director, IDDRI 
  • Jiajun XU
    Executive Deputy Dean, Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University 
  • Wencai ZHANG
    Vice President, Agricultural Development Bank of China (ADBC)

In sharp contrast with the worldwide renaissance of development banks, there is limited academic research examining their roles, operations, and effectiveness. The pilot research program “Realizing the Potential of Public Development Banks for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals” aims to fill this gap, and deliver concrete policy recommendations on how to scale up public development banks (PBDs) potential at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The academic research focuses on five major themes:

  • The characterization of SDG-compatible investments
  • Business models
  • Governance
  • The financial regulation of PBDs
  • The global development finance architecture

This research program was launched, along with the International Research Initiative on Public Development Banks (PDBs), by the Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University, and sponsored by the Agence française de développement (AFD), Ford Foundation and International Development Finance Club (IDFC).

It is coordinated by Jiajun Xu, Executive Deputy Dean at the Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University ; Stephany Griffith-Jones of Columbia University ; and Régis Marodon, Special Adviser on Sustainable Finance at the Agence française de développement (AFD). 
 

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This conference will take place in the framework of the Finance in Common Summit, the first global meeting of all public development banks.

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It is organized with the academic support of the lnstitute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE), the lnstitute for Sustainable Development and lnternational Relations (lDDRl) and of the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI).

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From Tuesday 03 November 2020 to Tuesday 10 November 2020
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