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The transformative role of the private sector in forced displacement

Michel Botzung IFC-UNHCR joint initiative
Camp de réfugiés
The world is currently facing a forced displacement crisis. Forced displacement has shifted in scale, and its increasingly protracted nature calls for development approaches that extend beyond the prevailing care and assistance approach. Yet, within development approaches, we believe in private sector-led solutions in forced displacement contexts.
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Development finance institutions: how to operate in fragile countries?

Thomas Husson Proparco
Emma Sanchis Peris Proparco
Development finance institutions (DFIs) are increasingly called to invest in fragile countries, facing a diversity of challenges linked to security, economic and environmental issues. The private sector has a highly diversified, informal and resilient presence in these regions. How can DFIs provide support in such contexts, while ensuring that their impact is a positive one?
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Tackling the dual challenge of urbanisation: support from the private sector

Salim Bensmail Meridiam
Urbanisation - Kenya
All twenty-first century cities have to both meet the essential needs of their populations and adapt to the effects of climate change. In emerging countries, this dual challenge is being exacerbated by constantly increasing rates of urbanisation. To cope with this situation, we need to foster partnerships between the public and private sectors, as demonstrated by the projects supported by Meridiam.
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Project preparation funds: an effective solution for unlocking investment in sustainable infrastructure in Africa

Samuel Lefèvre AFD Group
Kampala (Ouganda)
Financing of essential local services and sustainable infrastructure in African cities is not sufficient to meet current demand. Project preparation funds can provide both preliminary technical assistance and project support for resilient urban development programmes. In doing so, they facilitate both decision-making and financing, especially from private stakeholders.
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Improving energy efficiency and minimising the effects of climate change in the hospitality sector

Ram Lokan Kasada Capital Management
Hospitality is one of the most energy-intensive sectors in real estate. In many markets in Africa, energy represents a significant burden on profitability, yet the sector has never fully embraced energy-efficient solutions, due to high costs, fear of inconveniencing guests, and a lack of demonstrated savings. Kasada is innovating to change the mindsets of property owners across the continent.
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