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  • #9 Financing Climate and Gender in Asia

    The Asia Financial Institution Forum, AFIFORUM, celebrated its 5th anniversary in Bangkok in January, bringing together the largest global network of financial institutions and their investors, to discuss the future of Asia’s financial industry. Front of mind for all stakeholders was both sustainability and inclusivity.In this AFIFORUM special of the CD Insights podcast, you will hear from a range of organisations helping to close the funding gap for social, gender and climate-related projects. You’ll hear how they’re overcoming various geopolitical issues and regulatory challenges through a host of unique loan products and bonds. And you’ll hear how funding is empowering vulnerable female entrepreneurs, whilst highlighting the interconnectedness of gender and climate financing.On the line up we have:Borja Gutierrez, co-founders of AFIFOURMSteven Ying, Managing Partner at High Impact Capital Advisors, Hong KongRafiqul Islam, Managing Director & CEO of Green Delta Capital LimitedShahzad Iqbal, Chief Financial Officer of Kashf FoundationBram Spann, Program Manager Asia at the Rabobank FoundationNishant Kumar, Managing Director, Asia GuarantCoYour hosts are:Elle Leontiev and Ollie GuillouVisit our Insights platform to find out more

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  • 3. #8 Developing Impact Investing and Sustainable Finance in Asia: AFIFORUM Special (Part One)

    The Asia Financial Institution Forum, AFIFORUM, recently took place in Bangkok. The event brings together many different stakeholders to discuss solutions to developing impact investing and sustainable finance in Asia.In this episode we hear from some of the brightest minds from the conference, as they discuss Asia’s many diverse financing and development needs. We find out what China’s post-pandemic reopening means for the growth of the region. We learn how data is driving better performance across sustainability-linked projects. And we hear about an exciting new asset class - orange bonds - a solution to financing gender equality. On the line up we have:Steven Ying, Managing Partner at High Impact Capital Advisors, Hong KongAnthony Watanabe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Indorama VenturesRuoyun Yang, Head of Asia at LendableEleanor Keppelman, Director, Investments at U.S. International Development Finance CorporationBoo Hock Khoo, co-founder of the Green Guarantee CompanyYour hosts are:Borja Gutierrez and Ollie GuillouVisit our Insights platform to find out more
  • 2. #7 Scaling blended finance for climate change

    As the need for climate action rapidly grows we need to address the obstacles to investing in climate solutions in emerging markets. Blended finance can vastly increase the amount of money we have to spend on tackling climate change - but it needs to be scaled up.The UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance has released a report called ‘Scaling Blended Finance for Climate Change’. In light of this, we explore the value and impact of blended finance. We discuss the barriers and perceptions that make mobilising finance into emerging and developing economies difficult. We learn about the types of financial instruments that can be used to de-risk investments. And we hear about the latest investor trends targeting positive climate outcomes.On the line up we have:Michael Klaster, Portfolio Director Legal and General Capital Joost Zuidberg, CEO of Cardano DevelopmentLouis LaPaz, Developer, Cardano DevelopmentBertrand Ketchassi, Investment Manager at InfraCo Africa Dr Nnamdi Igbokwe, Ph.D., Director, Knowledge and Thought Leadership at ConvergenceIvo Mulder, Head of the Climate Finance Unit at the UN Environment ProgrammeYour hosts are:Elle Leontiev and Ollie GuillouVisit our Insights platform to find out more
  • 1. #6 An introduction to Cardano Development’s Impact Review and Trends Document 2022

    To contribute to a better society and environment, and to ensure we meet the Sustainable Development Goals, it’s essential companies have an impact strategy in place. And it’s just as vital to reflect on that strategy, to ensure your organisation really is making a difference.From creating financial solutions for climate change, to protecting businesses and people from risk through local currency financing, Cardano Development’s impact strategy centres around empowering frontier economies. This episode explores Cardano Development’s first ever impact review, touching on many of the solutions the organisation has brought to the market, including the TCX Fund, InfraCredit GuarantCo, ILX Fund, Frontclear and start-up the Development Guarantee Group.On the line up we have:Joost Zuidberg, CEO of Cardano DevelopmentAlice Chapple, Director of Impact ValueYour hosts are:Elle Leontiev and Ollie GuillouVisit our Insights platform to find out more
  • 5. #5 How ratings support financial transactions in developing countries

    Ratings agencies, like Fitch and Moody’s, are a crucial part of the financial infrastructure of capital markets. Although ratings are typically better suited to assessing risk in developed countries, they are becoming an increasingly important part of the financial ecosystem of emerging markets too.In this episode we find out what ratings are and how they are used to enhance the attractiveness of capital structures for borrowers, bond investors and banks. We learn about an innovative project called Tradeclear, which is using ratings to enable financial transactions and investments in developing countries. And we discover the differences between local and international ratings.(01:20) - What are ratings, and why are they so important in enabling financial transactions in developing countries?(07:15) - Innovative ways Frontclear utilises ratings(20:29) - How could ratings be improved?On the line up we have:Philip Buyskes, CEO FrontclearJoost Zuidberg, CEO of Cardano DevelopmentVisit our Insights platform to find out more
  • 4. #4 Investing in Women - International Women’s Day

    For International Women’s Day (IWD) the CD insights Podcast will look at the role of gender lens investing to impact SDG5, trends in gender investment, and about how innovative startups are mobilising capital to impact women positively. We’ll also take a dive into why female leadership and representation in development finance is crucial. To create equity in the sector, to unlock the potential of businesses led by women, and to boost job creation, economic development and GDP - we need to break the biases that exist. This is the theme of this year’s IWD, which we’re celebrating in this special edition of the podcast.On the line up we have:Guest host Allie Yu, AVP Risk Management, TCX FundAmit Bouri, CEO, The GIINJanice Kotut and Ingwell Kuil Co Founders, Sustainable Links Femke Smeets, Partner at Total Impact CapitalVisit our Insights platform to find out more
  • 3. #3 Measuring Impact and SDGs

    Impact investments are becoming increasingly important, with growing pressure on the financial industry to showcase the positive, real world benefits of their portfolios, especially when it comes to aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But impact is hard to quantify, and it’s not always possible to set concrete targets based on numbers and stats. So in this episode we find out how to get around the limitations of impact frameworks, we look at the short and medium term opportunities for financial markets, and we offer actionable advice on how to ensure the SDGs remain front of mind.On the line up we have: Alice Chapple, Director at Impact Value; and Karin Pasha, Head of Sustainability at Cardano Netherlands. Visit our Insights platform to find out more