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We are the UK's development finance institution and impact investor, backed by the UK Government. With over 70 years’ experience, we are a trusted investment partner to businesses in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. We invest to create productive, sustainable and inclusive economic outcomes for those that need our capital the most and who want to build better lives for themselves and their communities. We currently partner with over 1,000 businesses, working with our investees to help them su ...
 
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Gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) is a widespread and serious global issue that affects people in the workplace, their communities and homes. While gender-based violence and harassment can affect anyone, it disproportionately affects women and girls: an estimated one in three women worldwide has experienced some form of physical or sexual…
 
Over the last thirty years, in many developing economies, poverty has fallen, people live longer and healthier lives, and economies have been transformed. But this is not the case across the board. In his new book, “Gambling on Development: Why some countries win and others lose”, former Chief Economist at the Department for International Developme…
 
Prof. Samuel Harvey is a leading academic psychiatrist with international standing in clinical and population mental health research. Sam initially trained and worked as a GP, before pursuing his passion for mental health and training as a psychiatrist at the internationally renowned Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Ne…
 
In today's episode, we're exploring the fundamentals of the economics of development finance. Our conversation discusses three key areas: - What is development and why does it need private investment? - Why does private investment need development finance institutions (DFIs)? - Where can DFIs have the most impact? Leading the discussion is British …
 
The rapid growth of the digital economy is the defining narrative of the last fifty years. Spurred by an era of remarkable innovation, digital technology has transformed societies and now contributes an estimated 16 per cent to the global economy annually. However much of the world remains poorly served, with an estimated 3.5 billion people still w…
 
Within the field of impact investing, the growth of gender lens investment has been one the success stories of the last decade. And increasing evidence shows that investment policies that focus on gender equality have a transformative impact, especially in developing economies. We know that gender lens investing results in women from marginalised c…
 
Natasha Stott Despoja AO is the youngest woman to ever enter Parliament, a former member of the Australian Democrats and currently sits on the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She has also founded not-for-profit organisation Our Watch, written a book and served on a number of charity Boards. Nata…
 
Global water use has doubled in the last 40 years. This increase in demand for water, alongside the effects of climate change, mean businesses need to take action to manage their water use. With water risks growing, it is estimated that the costs to businesses of doing nothing are almost five times higher than actively addressing the issue. Last ye…
 
Impact led social investment in Africa has experienced steady growth over the last decade, spurred by the need for a sustainable private sector which supports the economic and social demands of a growing young and rapidly urbanising population. From building vital infrastructure, to creating future-proof employment, and supporting the growth of new…
 
When the scale of the pandemic became known in March 2020, financial institutions needed to respond quickly to support the individuals and businesses that use their services. This was especially true for Advans Group, a microfinance institution that lends to entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries around the world. As many of Adv…
 
In 2017, we launched a five-year strategy, which aimed to tackle the key development challenges facing countries in Africa and South Asia. A lot has changed since then - the pandemic has pushed hundreds of millions into extreme poverty, climate change has become the climate emergency, and there is greater understanding of the systemic injustices th…
 
Women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men and, at the same time, can be critical agents of adaptation and resilience responses. In this podcast episode, we look at the reasons why women are disproportionately affected by climate change, and how investors can benefit from considering both gender and climate factors in their…
 
It is now beyond debate that emerging economies will shoulder the burden of the climate crisis. It is estimated that out of the $90 trillion needed for the infrastructure to meet the 2030 emission goals, two thirds should go to emerging economies. And in the recent Global Climate Risk Index, eight out of the ten countries most affected by the quant…
 
In this episode, we explore the impact climate change is having on businesses in emerging economies. We look at how it's affecting firms today, how it might affect their future plans and what international investors can do to support a just transition to net zero emissions and resilient economies. We hear from founders, CEOs and senior managers wor…
 
A thriving private sector is the foundation of a healthy economy – creating employment, delivering vital goods and services, and providing valuable tax income. Which is why investment in emerging markets is critical to advancing development. However, these markets are complex and need different types of financial interventions to enable economic gr…
 
In this episode, we look back over our recent Insight events and ask what impact technology will have on economic growth on the African continent, and what challenges and opportunities it brings with it. We have a stellar line up of guests with expertise in investment, business and academia - you'll hear from: Efosa Ojomo, Leader of the Global Pros…
 
We are on a summer break from hosting our regular events, so we thought we’d share some of our highlights from the last year of Insight. In this episode we’re focusing on the issue of climate change and in particular what our guests are thinking in the run up to COP26, which is taking place in November. COP – which stands for Conference of the Part…
 
India's has been one of the countries worst affected by the pandemic, particularly when it comes to case numbers. Clearly this has had a significant impact on businesses and their employees too. In a large country, where workers can be regularly on the move or difficult to reach, it makes it hard for companies to communicate with people and provide…
 
Africa’s population is the youngest on earth and the fastest growing. Research recently published by the Lancet predicts that in the year 2100, five of the 10 most populous countries on earth will be in Africa. These demographic trajectories will have a dramatic impact on the global economy and who shapes it. This is clearly an opportunity for the …
 
The climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity, with the threat to the most vulnerable and exposed populations in developing economies especially acute. Given the scale of the challenge, climate finance for private sector development is critical to helping these countries, not only mitigate the worst effects of climate change, …
 
This is an episode from our ESG Podcast series. In this one, we explore how businesses can benefit from supporting the circular economy and improving their management of electronic waste. The episode is hosted by Dr Veronica di Bella from our ESG team, who speaks with two representatives of off-grid solar company, M-kopa: Daniel Stoker, Head of Ret…
 
The African continent has borne the brunt of some of the worst impacts of the pandemic, halting decades of growth, affecting millions of livelihoods and pushing much of sub Saharan Africa into a recession for the first time in over 25 years. Despite the challenges, the prospect for economies across Africa remain strong, with its young population, t…
 
Global poverty is increasingly concentrated in fragile and conflict-affected settings. A vibrant private sector that creates jobs and opportunities is essential in these environments, to help alleviate poverty, inequality and instability. These regions struggle to attract commercial investment because opportunities are typically overshadowed by hig…
 
COVID-19 has unleashed a devastating crisis which has tested the resilience of existing global governance structures and exposed massive societal imbalances. Developing countries have borne the brunt of the economic consequences of the crisis, with an estimated 100 million people pushed into extreme poverty. As the slow recovery begins, we need to …
 
John Coates AC is President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. John is a leading sports administrator who played a key role in bringing the 2000 Olympic to Sydney and in the establishment of the Australian Olympic Foundation. In 2006 he was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Au…
 
Our Understanding Impact podcast series explores some of the biggest challenges facing developing economies and how impact investment can help overcome them. In this episode, we look at the disproportionate economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women, and how investors, businesses and financial institutions are responding to it. We hear fr…
 
Until now impact investing has seen steady market growth driven by international coalitions and the interests of a handful of global financial giants. That is no longer enough. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, which has only worsened global economic and social challenges, impact investing must play a critical role in the recovery if it is to …
 
As the urgency of the climate crisis intensifies, the most vulnerable populations in developing economies are the most exposed. This includes women, who are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change. How can we tackle the biggest challenge in our lifetimes without addressing these inequalities? Join us for a conversation with ren…
 
Ross Greenwood is Sky News’ Business Editor and the anchor of Weekend Business. His career in the media industry spans print, television and radio, which has allowed him to travel around the world including to London where he was Editor-in-Chief and Co-Creator of the British weekly magazine Shares. His decision to take a gap year in 2020 after enjo…
 
Founder and Managing Director of Paradice Investment Management David Paradice AO has over 35 years' experience in equity investments and is a board member of Future Generation Australia (ASX: FGX), Taronga Foundation, and a member of GO Foundation Investment Committee. David was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for his services to the communi…
 
Prosperity and sustainable, inclusive growth are the ultimate goals for developing economies. However, despite the global community spending billions each year on economic development programmes, poverty and a lack of opportunity within these countries persists. But what if there is a way in which we can support these economies to evolve from pover…
 
Over the next two years an estimated 500 million low to middle-income people in India are expected to come online for the first time via smart phones. This provides an opportunity to transform these lives through the provision of vital services – including financial services, education, mobility, and healthcare. Join us as CDC's Colin Buckley speak…
 
In this CDC Insight Podcast we hear environmentalist, author, and serial entrepreneur John Elkington in conversation with CDC’s CEO Nick O’Donohoe. They are joined by CDC’s Climate Change Director Amal-Lee Amin to discuss how we move forward in a way that creates a more balanced and sustainable global economy?…
 
Mark is Chairman and co-Founder of Future Generation Global (ASX: FGG) fund manager Caledonia. Mark is an avid supporter of philanthropy, sports and the arts, serving on the Boards of the Caledonia Foundation, the Sydney Swans Foundation, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Art Exhibitions Australia and Kaldor Public Art Project…
 
Armina is Global Equities Portfolio Manager at Grok Ventures, a private investment company established by Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes. Louise and Armina discussed Armina's profound career journey, the companies in the portfolio that have been coronavirus-related beneficiaries, Armina's view on technology valuations and the investments …
 
In this CDC Insight podcast, we share a conversation with Amit Bouri, CEO and Co-Founder of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in which he joins CDC’s Head of External Affairs, Colin Buckley, and Yasemin Saltuk Lamy, Deputy CIO for Catalyst Strategies, to discuss the growth of the $715 billion impact investing market. They also look at how…
 
CEO Louise sat down with veteran investor Peter Morgan this week for episode six of Conversations with Future Generation. Peter shared his cautions on the current US market, comparisons of the pandemic to other major market events in his career and insights into his years at 452 Capital and Perpetual.…
 
In this month's episode Louise spoke with the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Christine Morgan. Louise and Christine spoke about Australia’s mental health system, the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health, the balance between funding physical and m…
 
In this month's episode CEO Louise Walsh spoke with Hon. Anna Bligh AC, CEO of the Australian Banking Association and former Premier of Queensland from 2007 to 2012. Louise and Anna spoke about Anna’s career journey and highlights, reflections on the GFC as well as Anna’s views on the current National Cabinet and the economic impact of the coronavi…
 
In this month’s episode of Conversations with Future Generation, CEO Louise Walsh speaks with the Hon. Joe Hockey, Founding Partner and President of Bondi Partners and previously Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington between 2016 and 2020. Louise and Joe discuss Joe's career highlights, the stre…
 
David is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group as well as Chancellor of the University of New South Wales and President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust.David, who I've known for 30 years is also a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation, who are both Future Generation Australia recipient chari…
 
The biggest issue facing Australia and the world today is Coronavirus. In this episode we invite Jonathan Nicholas, one of the leading experts in mental health in Australia, to talk about COVID and the impact on Australia, including how we live and work. Jono is the Founder and Managing Director of the Wellbeing Outfit, an advisory firm that improv…
 
The start of 2020 marks ten years until the deadline to fulfil the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite the growth of the impact investment market, the annual funding gap for reaching the goals is estimated to be $2-4 trillion. In our final podcast of 2019 we speak to leaders from across the impact investment community to ask what can…
 
In this podcast Pelayo Menendez from CDC’s E&S team interviews PRAN-RFL Group’s Corporate Finance Director, Uzma Chowdhury. The PRAN-RFL Group is one of the largest conglomerates in Bangladesh. In 2017, CDC made a US$15 million debt investment in RFL Electronics Limited (RFL), a sister firm to the PRAN-RFL Group and a producer of consumer electroni…
 
The London Stock Exchange Group has just published its second Companies to Inspire Africa report. The publication, produced in partnership with CDC, the African Development Bank and PwC, highlights some of the most exciting privately owned businesses on the continent. Representing seven major sectors, these businesses range from less than five peop…
 
India is among the earliest adopters of artificial intelligence (AI). In fact a study from the Boston Consulting Group puts the country third behind the USA and China in terms of its uptake of AI. People in India seem positive about the technology's potential too. Nearly three quarters of respondents to a survey conducted by PwC said they felt opti…
 
In this podcast Dr. Veronica Di Bella from CDC E&S team interviews David Lerpiniere, head of waste resources and development at Resource Futures. Together they explore current challenges, opportunities and best practice on plastic waste management from a private sector perspective. This is the 7th edition in a series of podcasts by CDC Environmenta…
 
Impact investing is an industry that's grown massively in recent years. So much so, in fact, that the Global Impact Investing Network (The GIIN) estimates that there are now $228 billion in impact assets, while other estimates put the same number in the trillions. With more and more big name investors getting involved in impact investing, has the m…
 
The potential of technology in supporting development is huge. We've already seen that, particularly through examples such as mobile money and off-grid solar systems, which have been adopted by millions of people in developing countries and are used every day. So, where else are companies using technology to help development? In this podcast, we lo…
 
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