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Decoding

Building a collaborative recovery

Søren-Peter Andreasen EDFI
Collaboration among European DFIs has continued to grow during the pandemic and has helped these institutions achieve their investment objectives based on complementary expertise, networks and capacities. This approach also represents an important example for the mobilisation of private co- finance, which will be crucial to achieving the SDGs and objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement.
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Decoding

Innovative responses to Covid-19 for private sector recovery in Africa

Charles Odoom ACET
In Africa, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have been the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in the biggest contraction in Africa in the last 25 years. While large-scale enterprises relied on technology in responding to the effects of the virus, informality and low literacy among the entrepreneurs heading smaller-scale enterprises in Africa prevented them from doing the same.
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Decoding

Unlocking the DRC’s power potential through technical assistance

Stephen Berson Essor Programme
Stéphane Woerther Essor Programme
Guillaume Estager Essor Programme
With technical assistance from the FCDO-funded Essor Programme, the world's largest solar mini-grids are set to come online in 2023, changing the paradigm of the electricity sector. This project is the first of its kind in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country that is suffering from one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world.
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Interview

“With technical assistance, the European Union supports sustainable growth and decent jobs in developing countries”

Secteur Privé & Développement
An interview with Erica Gerretsen, Acting Director for sustainable finance at DG International Partnerships, European Commission  
In this interview, INPA's Erica Gerretsen speaks of the need to mobilise funds to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries, citing the need to promote partnerships. The European Union's partner countries, especially in Africa, want to ensure their citizens have sustainable livelihoods. They also want to shift to inclusive, green economies with extensive digitalisation. These are EU priorities too. To implement these common priorities, innovative financial instruments and technical assistance are enabling a dynamic private sector engaging whole populations.
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Column

Technical assistance disseminates a strong culture of E&S issues –and their solutions

Teddy Deroy IBIS Consulting
In emerging markets, investors systematically carry out environmental and social (E&S) assessments of the projects or companies they target. Technical assistance is invaluable in understanding such issues, which are sometimes little-known and often complex. Advice, training and the implementation of tools to provide a framework for good practices are all ways of managing E&S risks, in particular for climate, biodiversity and gender issues.
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