Green Bonds: How Active Management Aims to Make the Most of a Dynamic Sector

The market for financing linked to environmentally friendly projects and companies has already reached $1trn by some measures and we expect will move swiftly past that landmark during 2021. This, alongside growing policy support in Europe, the US and China,

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OECD: Business as Usual? Forget About That, and Prepare for Novel and Impactful Variations on a Theme

As we turn our attention towards the imperative of “building forward greener” post-pandemic, there can be no more business as usual. This was Sir Ronald Cohen’s message at the OECD Blended Finance & Impact Week in February. During his keynote

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Book Review: Numerology, Mystery, Romance… and the Development of an App

7 Unicorn Drive: From Start-up To A Billion Dollar Sale In 7 Years by Dani Polajnar This book is a sorta-kinda business guide, but it has fictional elements and a jot of mysticism thrown-in. That may not sound like an

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Otaviano Canuto: Are We on the Verge of a New Commodity Super-Cycle?

Commodity prices have recovered their 2020 losses and, in most cases, are now above pre-pandemic levels (Figure 1). The pace of Chinese growth since 2020 and the economic recovery that has accompanied vaccine rollouts are driving demand upward, while supply

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Interview with Grete Faremo, Executive Director of UNOPS: Inclusive Infrastructure Development

In pre-pandemic Oct 2019 (about 20 months ago) you wrote an article for CFI.co magazine that highlighted the importance of infrastructure for communities, sustainable development and across the SDGs. If so, how have the world and your conclusions changed? While

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Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill: ‘Cheap Childcare’ Led to Winning Athletics Career, Jokes Ennis-Hill

Britain’s most celebrated track and field athlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill, announced her retirement from professional sports at the end of 2016. She left sport as a three-time heptathlon World Champion, 2012 Olympic champion and 2016 silver medallist. But the horizon holds

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Lord Waverley: Quest for Balance and Unity Hampered by Blurred Lines and Differing Standards

There is an increasing recognition of the need to reassess the intersection of global co-operation and security, and how Western democracies can best balance those needs and interests. Global politics is a grey area with individuals, state- and non-state actors

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Balsam Al-Ayoub: Cut and Thrust for Multi-talented Philanthropist

Balsam Al-Ayoub has been fighting for Kuwait — and gender equality — since she was a child. Al-Ayoub’s parents encouraged her and her sister, Lulwa, to get involved in sports at an early age. The sisters gravitated towards fencing, even

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Poland Closes the Gap and Calms Covid Jitters with a Bold Programme of Reform

The pandemic has brought an end to its 30 years of GDP growth for Poland — but this should be seen as an interruption rather than a break. Poland does it again. Since Solidarity brought the end of communist control,

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PwC – Nigeria’s Local Government System: Challenges and Opportunities Abound

To most Nigerians, June 12, 1993 — Democracy Day — is a date that brings bitter-sweet memories. It is remembered as the date when, after 14 years of military rule, Nigerians participated in what are, to date, regarded as the

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