African Development Bank partners to develop green financing instruments

The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Climate Investment Fund, has commissioned the Coalition for Green Capital to prepare a study on the creation of national climate change funds and green banks in Africa.

CGC will identify and work with six African countries to conduct feasibility studies for the project, which was initiated at the Green Bank Design Summit held in Paris in March, 2019.

The Summit tasked 23 developing countries to craft a new model to mobilise and accelerate investment in clean energy.

Ms Andrea Colnes, the Director of Global Green Bank Development at the CGC, noted: “For countries to better access climate finance and fully engage the private sector, the climate finance system must reorient toward national financial capacity that is able to channel capital to projects and markets where it is needed most.”

“When paired with effective grant programmes through National Climate Change Funds and strong enabling environments and policies, locally-based green banks are powerful tools to address market needs, understand local risks and drive private investment.”

Dr Anthony Nyong, the Bank’s Director for Climate Change and Green Growth, welcomed the collaboration.

 “Green financing vehicles are increasingly recognised as a powerful instrument to mobilise private sector capital for low carbon and climate resilient development. Their ability to access even limited amounts of local currency finance presents significant opportunities to manage risks, attract concessional finance from climate funds and crowd in private sector finance,” Dr Nyong said.

“We are excited to work with the team from CGC and look forward to presenting progress reports at the Green Bank Summit in 2020 and COP26.” Green Banks and National Climate Change Funds can play an important role in mobilising finance to support low-carbon, climate-resilient development, using methods such as blended finance to drive increased private investment.

Countries can mobilise funds from the diaspora, national financial institutions, private investors, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, and more.

 These instruments and funds can support the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Strategic Plans for Climate Resilience and NDCs, and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GNA

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