Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) invest in private sector firms and funds for which they expect a financial return, but DFI shareholders also expect DFIs to contribute to development objectives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But what is the role of DFIs in supporting the objectives of national development plans in developing countries? What are the challenges and opportunities? Can DFIs take steps to increase the degree of alignment between DFI’s investment flows and country-level strategic sectors to further SDGs by responding to recipient country needs and priorities?
In this webinar hosted by Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute and Overseas Development Institute, researchers from SEI and ODI present the findings from the new report Understanding the role of development finance institutions in promoting development: an assessment of three African countries. The report maps different financial flows together with a review of different country development plans to determine the extent of alignment as well as highlighting opportunities for DFIs to invest in strategic sectors.
13.00: Opening remarks by Måns Nilsson, Executive Director of SEI
13:05: Key highlights: Understanding the role of development finance institutions in promoting development: an assessment of three African countries
- George Marbuah, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
- Alberto Lemma, Research Fellow, ODI
13:15 Panel discussion moderated by Aaron Maltais, Director of Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre
- Erik Berglöf, Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and member, SSFC Advisory Board
- Bruno Wenn, The Association of European DFIs (EDFI)
- Yofi Grant, CEO of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)
- Stephan Dreyhaupt, Principal Economist working on Africa (IFC)
- Anzetse Were, Senior Economist, FSD Kenya
13.45 Questions from the audience
13:55 Closing remarks by Måns Nilsson, Executive Director of SEI