Finance for resilience brought to you by CDKN

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Finance for Resilience: Unlocking climate action provides a platform for discussing all things climate finance. CDKN’s climate finance lead hosts lively discussions with experts, practitioners and recipients of climate finance to share their knowledge, experiences and innovative solutions related to financing action to address climate change.

Our episodes focus on emerging, cross-cutting themes and instruments to mobilise and access climate finance, particularly in the Global South, to build resilience globally.

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Ep.4 What are green bonds and how to encourage their growth in developing markets

In December 2020, the green bond market reached an impressive milestone of US$1 trillion in cumulative issuance since the first green bond was floated in 2007. In this fourth episode of the Finance for resilience podcast, we unpack the topic of green bonds and the challenges and benefits associated with this financing mechanism. Considering the significant climate finance gap, green bonds are likely to play a crucial role in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. However, the growth of the market in the global South has lagged in comparison to the rest of the world.

Join CDKN’s climate finance lead, Kamleshan Pillay, as he hosts an in-depth discussion on green bonds and how to encourage their growth in developing markets. Kamlesh is joined by guests Megan Sager, Director of Sustainable Solutions in Cape Town, Robert Bunyi, Managing Director of Kenya Pooled Water Fund and Sandeep Bhattacharya, India project manager at the Climate Bond Initiative.

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Ep.3 "The Green Climate Fund: what it is and why it matters in Southern Africa."

"We're taking a look at the Green Climate Fund, the world's largest fund dedicated to the fight against climate change... its main purpose is to financially support development action in the global South”.

In this third episode of the “Finance for resilience” podcast, we take a look at the Green Climate Fund. We explore why and how it started as well as the real impacts it's having on the ground.

Podcast host, Kamleshaan Pillay, hosts 3 guests Karl Mutani Aribeb, the Chief Operations Officer at the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia, Muhammed Sayed, a Climate Change Specialist for the Climate and Environmental Finance Unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Charlotte Ellis, a project manager on the Southern African Climate Finance Partnership programme. Together they unpack the processes, challenges and successes of working with the Green Climate Fund.

Just a note on some of the acronyms you may hear in this podcast:
GCF - Green Climate Fund.
DBSA - Development Bank of Southern Africa and the CFF - Climate Finance Facility - a project of the DBSA.
EIF - Environmental Investment Fund based in Namibia
Direct Access Entities is another term you’ll hear. These are organisations which can submit funding proposals for GCF-backed projects and programmes.

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GCF importance to the Paris Agreement/statistics / - 28.0 -36.0
News clip - Most official - Paris agreement commentary 0.10 -0.34
Status of Pledges and Contributions made to the Green Climate Fund.
Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Environment Investment Fund
GCF importance to the Paris Agreement/statistics / - 28.0 -36.0 Environment Investment Fund

Ep.2 Demystifying adaptation finance

“Governance and political buy-in perhaps remain the most crucial factors in determining how we finance adaptation comprehensively at scale”

In this second episode of the “Finance for climate resilience brought to you by CDKN” we unpack the topic of climate finance. This can be a tricky concept to fully understand and so we delve into the ins and outs of this niche space and all that it has to offer in the world of finance for climate resilience.

Host, Kamlesh Pillay, is joined by distinguished guests Malango Mughogho and Kathryn Bakos. Kathryn Bakos is the Director of Climate Finance and Science at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo in Canada and Malango Mughogho is the Director of ZeniZeni Sustainable Finance based in South Africa. Listen in as they share some of their insights and experiences from the work on things like whether or not enough is being invested in adaptation finance, looking at how to track the flow of adaptation finance as well as the important lessons that are being learned in the process.

If you’d like to find out more please visit: Here you will find an email address for the team in your region. You can also follow us on Twitter at @cdknetwork or @SouthSouthNorth.

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Ep.1 Building climate resilience through microfinance

In this inaugural episode of the “Finance for resilience brought to you by CDKN” we unpack the topic of microfinance and how the mechanism of microfinance enables the building of climate resilience.

Host, Kamleshan Pillay, welcomes distinguished guests Tineyi Mawocha - CEO of Opportunity Bank Uganda, Lydia Baffour Awuah - Senior Programme Manager at Opportunity International and Puneet Chopra - partner at Microsave Consulting in India, to a panel discussion. The panel discussion revolves around the concept and impact of microfinancing as well as the very real possibilities that microfinancing affords in the betterment of the social well-being of some of the most vulnerable communities.

How has micro-financing been used in terms of supporting climate initiatives? What have been some of the positive impacts of this? How can micro-finance enable gender equality in the household of lesser developed countries? What safeguards need to be in place against gender-based violence while avoiding reinforcing gender stereotypes?
If you’d like to find out more please visit: Here you will find an email address for the team in your region. You can also follow us on Twitter at @cdknetwork or @SouthSouthNorth.
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