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CGD Podcast: Decarbonization, MDB Reform, and the Private Sector with Ahmed Saeed

November 30, 2023

Over the summer, CGD launched the MDB Reform Accelerator, a hub for evidence-based analysis and strategic outreach around MDB reform. As part of that initiative, we’re hosting a set of conversations around private capital mobilization on the CGD Podcast with experts in both private and public funding to find out: What’s worked? What needs to change? And where can we go from here?

In July, we spoke with Stephanie von Friedeburg (of Citi, and formerly the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank) about how to balance risk and impact in investment, why blended finance needs a rethink, and what mechanisms offer the most promising solutions to the development finance problem.

This month, we’re pleased to host Ahmed Saeed, former Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Development Bank and now Chief Executive Officer of Allied Climate Partners, a new organization working to increase the number of bankable, climate-related projects and businesses in emerging economies. Together we discuss the organization’s new approach to blended finance, how to bridge the private and public sectors more effectively, and how to balance climate mitigation with traditional development goals.

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