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Public Development Banks and their key role in sustainable development

About this event

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.

Hosted by : Thomas Melonio - Director of Innovation, Research and Knowledge - Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Speakers :

- Louis-Philippe Rochon, Editor-in-Chief, Review of Political Economy

- Diana Vivienne Barrowclough, Senior Economist at UNCTAD

- Thomas Marois, PhD, Reader in Development Studies, SOAS University of London & Research Associate at the Municipal Services Project

- Stephany J. Griffith-Jones, Emeritus Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University

-Régis Marodon - Special Advisor Sustainable Finance - AFD

Hosted by

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    Thomas Marois SOAS

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    Diana Vivienne Barrowclough UNCTAD

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    Stephany Griffith Jones COLOMBIA UNIVERSITY

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    Agence française de Développement

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    Lucas Noiret AFD

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    Jean-Baptiste Jacouton AFD

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    Thomas Melonio

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    Agence Française de Développement afd

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    Louis-Philippe Rochon

Agence Française de Développement

World In Common

The Agence Française de Développement Group funds, supports and accelerates the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world. Our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas territories and another 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.