Can the IFIs Catalyze More Effective Financing for Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets?

Join the Bretton Woods Committee, in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for Can the IFIs Catalyze More Effective Financing for Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets?, to be held January 23, 2014 at 9:00am to 11:30am in Room F L-101 of the IFC, 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC. A light breakfast will be served.

Industry, governments and the international financial institutions (IFIs) are ramping up renewable energy investment in low-income and middle-income countries; yet, many investment challenges and risks remain. In some cases, organizations rush into already overcapitalized areas, flooding markets and undermining social and financial returns. Meanwhile, other areas wither from a drought of funds, keeping economically-sound and developmentally-useful projects from achieving their full potential. Instruments offered by lenders may not meet the diverse range of options sought by the private sector, focusing too heavily on some areas of capitalization or neglecting others.

The roundtable will bring together high-level industry leaders, prominent officials from the international financial institutions (IFIs), and other experts regularly involved in renewable energy financing to

  • Outline emerging trends in the IFIs’ and private sector investment strategies,
  • Explore ways to overcome existing investment challenges, and
  • Discuss how to improve future financing opportunities.

Improvements in coordination and information-sharing may help enhance return on investment, lower risks and costs, and expand market and sustainable development opportunities.

The event will feature an opening discussion between Joseph Brandt, CEO of Contour Global, and Bernie Sheahan, Director of the Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department at the IFC. Following the roundtable, we will also host a panel on Doing Business with the IFIs.