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EDFI Impact Essay Series


EDFI launches impact essay series exploring the annual impact conference’s key themes.

Every year, EDFI publishes a collection of essays that build on key themes related to impact and DFIs. These essays are intended to supplement, and to engage in dialogue with, the discussions at EDFI’s annual Impact Conference, and to address the same overarching topics. In 2022, in a conference delivered in partnership with ODI, these topics were (i) impact in a changing climate, (ii) impact in changing economies, (iii) the role of DFIs in changing times, and (iv) meeting impact challenges together.

Contributing authors were chosen from a diverse range of submissions and include reflections on how DFIs can do more in the climate fight, how to invest in the gig economy, mobilising private sector capital, and improving alignment with the SDGs.


Table of contents

  1. Maximising DFI impact in the era of climate change by Samantha Attridge and Joseph Feyertag, ODI
  2. Paris Alignment of Public Banks: Insights from E3G’s Public Bank Climate Tracker Matrix by Viktor Ahlgren, Dominique Schmutzer & Laura Sabogal, E3G
  3. Supporting alignment with the Paris Agreement through investing in carbon removals by Marko Berglund, Finnfund
  4. How DFIs can respond to Africa’s food insecurity by Jay Shah, BII
  5. Exploring ways for EDFIs to strengthen their sustainable development impact by Elise Dufief, IDDRI
  6. The needs and perils of investing in fragile and conflict-affected situations by Christiaan Broekman, Evaluation Officer in the Strategy department, FMO
  7. Does the development finance system have the right level of risk, return and impact to mobilise the private sector and deliver development? by Paul Horrocks, Head of Unit for Private Finance for Sustainable Development, OECD
  8. Will impact investors stage a decent gig? by Ezgi Kiris and Guy Alexander, BII
  9. Maximizing impact: approaches for delivering and measuring results at country-level by Luciana Aguiar, Emily Davis , Miguel Garcia-Bermejo & Belissa Rojas, UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub
  10. Just transition: against the duality of climate action and socio-economic development by Alessandra Nibbio Bonnet & Yasemin Ramazanoglu, BlueOrchard


The published essays represent the views of the authors alone, and do not reflect the opinions of either the EDFI Association or its member institutions.