Event series:

Building resilient economies and societies in the era of COVID-19

In partnership with Devex

The global crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of resilient economies and societies in a way no global institution has ever managed to do. The pandemic has highlighted the fragility of many jobs – and markets – across the globe and turned everyone’s attention to the importance of cooperation beyond borders and politics.

This three-part thought leadership series of online events will explore how we can – and must – rethink how we build resilience in the economies and societies of developing nations, through the recovery from this crisis. Drawing on a range of sectoral experts, this series of discussions will reflect on the role various actors can play to help mitigate some of the impacts of the pandemic, particularly on small and medium-sized enterprises, jobs in specific industries or sectors, as well as economic growth at large; and ask what this means for the climate agenda and the United Nations SDGs.


Event one: Building resilience in times of disruption: Promoting long-term investments through the DFI model

Wednesday 13 May, 2020

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The first event will explore how the DFI model can help developing nations create resilient economies and societies by investing long-term and flexible capital to support businesses through the crisis and beyond to recovery.

A panel of experts will explore how to best support industries and businesses impacted by the virus, and discuss how to promote new investment in goods and services necessary to global health, safety, and essential services.

The discussion will also look at how DFIs can partner with others to ensure that businesses access the capital they need to survive the period. In addition, they will dig deeper into how integrating ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) practices, such as job protection, can play an important part of businesses’ ability to recover.

Speakers include:

  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-chief, Devex
  • Yasemin Lamy, Deputy CIO for Catalyst Strategies, CDC Group
  • Vipul Parekh, Co-founder of Big Basket and Chief Marketing Officer, Big Basket
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Event two: Environmental resilience post-COVID-19: Moving the needle on climate action

More details to follow