Financing the Green Transition: what role for multilateral development banks?

Hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Online public event


Dr Amal-lee Amin

Dr Amal-lee Amin

Carlota Cenalmor

Carlota Cenalmor

Professor Lord Stern

Professor Lord Stern

Josué Tanaka

Josué Tanaka


Professor Nick Robins

Professor Nick Robins

The challenge of scaling up sustainable investments to support a strong and green recovery and the much more difficult environment for mobilising finance in the post-pandemic world has highlighted the importance of strengthening the role of national and international development banks. This panel event examines the role of the multilateral development banks (MDBs) in achieving this mobilisation from the global north to the global south including scaling up and aligning action with climate responsible development, and sustaining that action.

Even though the need to mobilise greater sums of private finance to meet climate goals is well accepted, this will only increase in the post-COVID-19 world. The three agendas of climate finance, MDBs and mobilisation are the key channels where the global north currently takes actions consistent with its “responsibilities” (including as set out in the Paris agreement). Yet, none of these channels directly set out north-south equity arguments or justifications for global north responsibility around recovery and transformation in the global south.

Meet our speakers and chair

Amal-lee Amin (@AmaleeAmin) is Director of Climate Strategy at CDC Group plc and Senior Advisor to the UK Government on COP26. She is Chief of the Climate Change Division at the Inter-American Development Bank which involves lead responsibilities on assisting countries with implementation of the Paris Agreement; working across the IDB Group to scale-up investment in sustainable infrastructure; addressing climate risks and promoting solutions for increasing resiliency to climate change.

Carlota Cenalmor (@CarlotaCenalmor) is Permanent Representative of the European investment Bank Group, Washington D.C. Before this she was a senior lawyer at the EIB's headquarters in Luxembourg, responsible for new financial instruments as well as for compliance, procurement, and institutional policies.

Nick Stern (@lordstern1) is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics.

Josué Tanaka is the founding leader of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) climate finance initiative launched in 2006 covering investment, policy development, capacity building and technical assistance across the EBRD countries of operations. He was the Managing Director responsible for climate action and operational strategy and planning at the EBRD until December 2020. He is Visiting Professor in Practice, Grantham Research Institute at LSE.

Nick Robins (@NVJRobins1) is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute at LSE.

More about this event

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (@GRI_LSE) was established by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 to create a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment, bringing together international expertise on economics, finance, geography, the environment, international development and political economy.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.

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