PIDG Insights event | Urban and rural resilience through infrastructure investments in Africa and Asia

Emerging and low-income economies in Africa and Asia need capital to meet their infrastructure financing gap, which is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the ambition of their young population. Unlocking domestic capital and unleashing local entrepreneurship are key to accelerate a transition to net-zero while strengthening resilience to climate shocks and stresses for the most vulnerable regions. Three ingredients are often missing:

  • Support to local capacity building -especially at the municipal level -to develop frameworks that enable investment
  • Bankable infrastructure businesses that reach the most vulnerable –especially in rural areas –and achieve scale to attract capital
  • Local currency solutions that enable climate bonds and lending at scale.

We will explore examples of what is already working to address these three challenges and how to scale solutions.


Philippe Valahu

Andy Bainbridge
Chair, PIDG

Yukiko Omura
Director, PIDG

Thierry Déau
CEO, Meridiam

Preeti Sinha
Executive Secretary, The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Stefanie Fairholme
Director of Investments, Power and Climate, Rockefeller Foundation

Maheen Rahman
CEO, InfraZamin

Gilles Vaes
CEO, InfraCo Africa

Cathy Oxby
CCO, Africa GreenCo

Canh Anh Nguyen
Head Of Treasury, EVN Finance

Amitabh Chaudhry
MD & CEO, Axis Bank

Peter Hall
Vice President and Global Director for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, Wood (Host)