Insight events

This event series is part of CDC’s Insight programme, which aims to share practical lessons on private sector investment and development, based on experiences, knowledge and research.

Upcoming event

Economic trends transforming African investment and development

with Dr Frannie Léautier, Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Southbridge Investment

Wednesday 21 April. 3.00pm to 4.00pm BST

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 it 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, the expansion of the free trade area, renewable energy potential and it’s growing digital economy. Private sector investment has always been key to growth and development across Africa and will continue to be so as the continent rebuilds.

Join us for a conversation with Dr Frannie Léautier, Chief Executive of Southbridge Investment, one of Africa’s most exciting investors. In this session we will reflect on the impact of the pandemic across the continent on jobs and industries, and economic trends that have emerged

We will also discuss how this has affected investment in the continent’s developing economies and the role investors can play in spurring future innovations and sustainable growth across Africa.


Previous events

Reimagining global governance and development in the post pandemic era

with Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University

Watch the recording here

The COVID-19 crisis has tested the resilience of existing global governance structures and exposed massive societal imbalances.  As the slow recovery begins, we need to challenge the role we ascribe to global governance both in crisis management and crisis recovery, otherwise the most vulnerable will continue to pay the biggest price. International cooperation, trade and investment will be key, especially in low to middle income countries.

Oxford University’s renowned governance and international development expert, Professor Ngaire Woods, shares her reflections on the current governance landscape and the implications for future trade and investment in developing economies. 

Harnessing impact investing for sustainable economic development

with Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust

Watch the recording here

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 be successful and sustainable. In this conversation with pioneering investor Sir Ronald Cohen, we explored the coming shift outlined in his latest book, Impact: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change.

The power of market-creating innovations in development

with Efosa Ojomo, Senior Fellow at Christensen Institute on Disruptive Innovation

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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 poverty to prosperity in less than two decades? In this conversation with Efosa Ojomo, co-author of The Prosperity Paradox we discuss the role impact driven market innovations could play in helping millions out of poverty. 

Tackling the global climate crisis in a just and inclusive way

with Dr Tara Shine, Climate Scientist and Director at Change by Degrees; Chair of the International Institute for Environment and Development

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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? In this event with renowned climate expert Dr Tara Shine, we explore this challenge and discuss how we can deal with the climate crisis in a just way, and mitigate the worst of its impacts on those most at risk.

Transforming 500 million lives: Driving large scale social innovation in India

with Roopa Kudva, Partner and Managing Director, Omidyar Network India

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Over the next two years an estimated 500 million low to middle-income Indians 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. In this conversation with Roopa Kudva, Partner and Managing Director of Omidyar Network India, we explored how access to mobile technology is improving lives in low to middle-income countries and discussed the drivers of large scale social change.

Advancing private and public sector collaboration to tackle the world’s biggest challenges

with Michael Anderson CB, Chief Executive Officer, MedAccess

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As the decade’s progress towards reducing global inequality stalls, how can the public and private sectors better collaborate to support developing economies through the COVID crisis and tackle the world’s biggest challenges? In this event we spoke with Michael Anderson CB, CEO of MedAccess, a social finance company owned by CDC, working to increase access to vital healthcare products in underserved markets.

Green Swans: A blueprint for a sustainable global economy

with John Elkington, Founder and Chief Pollinator, Volans

Watch the recording here

The ongoing COVID crisis has laid bare the weaknesses in our existing socio-economic structures. And with calls to tackle the climate emergency intensifying, the need for an alternative approach is clear. How do we move forward in a way which addresses these challenges and create a more balanced and sustainable global economy? In this conversation we explored John Elkington’s compelling thesis for systemic change, as outlined in his latest book Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism; and discussed the role of the private sector and its leaders in creating a new blueprint for the global economy.

Building the recovery: What is the role of impact investing?

with Amit Bouri, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, The Global Impact Investing Network

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The discussion reflected on the growth of the impact investing market, which according to the GIIN’s 2020 survey is now worth an estimated $715 billion, and explored how it has reshaped the finance industry. In addition, the discussion looked at how has the pandemic has affected impact investing and the SDG agenda, and what role the sector will play in ensuring a balanced and sustainable recovery.