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The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs).

With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

Capital Musings UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

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The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs).

With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

    S03.02—Catalyzing Infrastructure Investment into Africa: The Role of AFC

    S03.02—Catalyzing Infrastructure Investment into Africa: The Role of AFC

    Taiwo Okwor of the Africa Finance Corporation explains how its infrastructure investments can de-risk and attract private sector capital to meet the critical infrastructure needs of the African continent.

    • 22 min
    S03.01 - How a Feminist Fund Supports Women in Fiji

    S03.01 - How a Feminist Fund Supports Women in Fiji

    Michelle Reddy of the Fiji Women’s Fund explains how the pandemic and climate change are exacerbating the challenges faced by women in Fiji, and how her fund is helping to make change.

    • 23 min
    #37 The Swedish Model: How Sweden’s History and Progressivism Shapes Its Development Assistance

    #37 The Swedish Model: How Sweden’s History and Progressivism Shapes Its Development Assistance

    Two Swedish development experts, Anders Ronquist of Sida and Anders Berlin of UNCDF, explain how Swedish history and society have shaped the government’s generous and innovative approach to using development assistance to fight poverty worldwide. They explore their own careers and experiences to showcase various ways to pursue a career in international development finance.

    • 43 min
    #36 Crowdfunding as the “Trampoline” to Formal Capital

    #36 Crowdfunding as the “Trampoline” to Formal Capital

    Elizabeth Howard of the African Crowdfunding Association explains the potential of crowdfunding to support businesses and accelerate growth on the continent.

    • 35 min
    #35 Activate Your Money: How Women Can Take Control of Their Wealth and Help Improve the World

    #35 Activate Your Money: How Women Can Take Control of Their Wealth and Help Improve the World

    Author Janine Firpo discusses her varied career in tech, microfinance and international development and explains how her new book Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World lays out a road map for women to empower themselves about investing and the impact they can have with their resources.

    • 40 min
    #34 The 1% is Part of the Solution: How Family Offices Can Help Achieve the SDGs

    #34 The 1% is Part of the Solution: How Family Offices Can Help Achieve the SDGs

    Family office advisor Carol Pepper describes how studying philosophy led her to Wall Street; how the Internet helped create the modern family office; and why high net worth families are increasingly interested in climate change, social justice, and the SDGs.

    • 38 min

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