Beyond financial flows to actual bankable products

07 February 2019 - 13:00 - 14:00
Shada Islam

This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community. 

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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank.


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UN estimates suggest that some $6 trillion is needed annually over 15 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Agenda 2030 requires conventional development assistance to be buttressed by a paradigm shift in development finance involving creative new ways to inject private capital. Governments are starting to re-evaluate microcredit's impact, along with the increased use of simple cash grants and Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs). Among ground-breaking financial products like Sustainability Awareness Bonds, the European Union’s 2018 Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth will help unlock private investment in sustainable projects. 

  • What else should be done both to encourage such investment while mitigating developing countries' debt vulnerabilities?
  • What role does the EU have to help tap this potential and leverage smarter, quicker and effective financing for development?
  • How do we encourage investors and the private sector to put forward innovative categories for sustainable investment in their portfolios? 

Moderated by
Shada Islam
, Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe


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Shada Islam
Director for Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.

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