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Political and Credit Guarantees to Boost Clean Energy Financing in Africa

December 6, 2016 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Crown Agents USA
1129 20th Street Northwest #500
Washington, United States

Financial institutions in developing countries face key challenges in offering competitive financing for clean energy investments and structuring bankable projects. Bilateral and multilateral development institutions can mitigate certain political and credit risks to scale up private sector investments in clean energy.

Join the CEADIR Discussion Series on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 for “Political and Credit Guarantees to Boost Clean Energy Financing in Africa”. This event will feature speakers from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Development Credit Authority (DCA), World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Andrew Gisselquist will explain how DCA products share risks through partial loan guarantees.  He will present a 2015 case study of lending for off-grid renewable energy throughout Africa.

Marcus Williams will present on MIGA’s experiences offering political risk insurance to projects in Africa.

Marlena Hurley will provide an overview of three OPIC programs: political risk insurance, project finance, and support for investment funds.  She will also present a case study of a renewable energy project in Senegal.

Moderator Nadia Scharen-Guivel from Abt Associates will discuss clean energy lending challenges in Africa and the effectiveness of political and credit risk guarantees. She will also outline CEADIR’s upcoming activities to increase the use of existing DCA guarantees for off-grid, small-scale energy financing in sub-Saharan Africa.

The event will be held at Crown Agents USA—1129 20th Street Northwest #500, Washington, DC—and live streamed via Adobe Connect. Participants in both the live event and webinar will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel.

To find the recording of this webinar and all previous CEADIR Series webinars, please visit the CEADIR Climatelinks page.

About the CEADIR Series

USAID’s Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) activity hosts a monthly discussion series, Navigating the Climate Economy: Investing for Growth and Resilience. 

This series presents the perspectives of experts in economic analysis, planning, policies, strategies, financing, and programming for climate change mitigation and adaptation, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable landscapes.