Africa Development Bank Partners with University of Oxford on Sustainable Finance Capacity-Building

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The African Development Bank has partnered with the University of Oxford to provide training on sustainable finance for up to 1,000 public and third-sector workers from across Africa.

The University of Oxford’s Public and Third Sector Academy for Sustainable Finance (P3SA) is a global centre of learning and capacity building. It focuses on how the public and third sectors can use sustainable finance to take advantage of its opportunities. Registered charities, social enterprises, cooperatives, research institutions, and non-governmental organisations are examples of the third sector.

The nominees will be enrolled in P3SA’s ‘Introduction to Sustainable Finance course free of charge. Launched in November 2021 with funding from the IKEA Foundation and the European Climate Foundation among others, the programme has trained over 1,000 influential civil servants, regulators, and representatives of civil society. Over 40% of participants are from developing countries.

The course provides government and third-sector staff with a grounding in sustainable finance. It will teach them the key ideas, theories, and topics they need to know to successfully navigate this new field and find and use the levers of change.

“We are delighted to partner with the African Development Bank,” said Andrew McCarthy, Head of Capacity Building and Partnerships at the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and P3SA’s deputy director. "Together, we will give Africa's public and non-profit sectors the knowledge, networks, and skills they need to move tens of trillions of dollars away from activities that aren't sustainable and toward activities that are in line with the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals."

Dr. Ben Caldecott, Faculty Chair of P3SA and the Lombard Odier Associate Professor of Sustainable Finance at the University of Oxford, said: “The public and third sectors urgently need to develop broader and more in-depth capabilities in finance generally and sustainable finance in particular. This is a major lack of skills and a long-lasting structural weakness that needs to be fixed in a planned way over time. We are looking forward to scaling the work of the Academy alongside our partners. There is no time to lose.”

Dr. Al Hamndou Dorsouma, officer in charge of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, welcomed the collaboration, said: “Accessing adequate climate finance to address the effects of climate change is a priority of the African Development Bank. This capacity enhancement partnership between the Bank and the University of Oxford will strengthen institutional frameworks within Regional Member Countries to unblock the flow of sustainable finance.”

The Climate Change and Green Growth department, in collaboration with Oxford University, will select eligible beneficiaries for the programme.

The partnership will advance ongoing capacity-building activities within the African Financial Alliance on Climate Change, a platform established in 2018 by the African Development Bank to engage Africa’s financial sector with the goal of de-risking and directing capital flows toward low-carbon and climate-resilient investments on the continent.

Source: African Development Bank

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