Insight events

This event series is part of CDC’s Insight programme, which aims to share practical lessons on private sector investment and development, based on experiences, knowledge and research.

Upcoming event

Tackling the global climate crisis in a just and inclusive way

with Dr Tara Shine, Climate Scientist and Director at Change by Degrees; Chair of the International Institute for Environment and Development

Wednesday 9 December 13.00 – 14.00 GMT


As the urgency of the climate crisis intensifies, the most vulnerable populations in developing economies are the most exposed. This includes women, who are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change. How can we tackle the biggest challenge in our lifetimes without addressing these inequalities?

Join us for a conversation with renowned climate expert Dr Tara Shine, where we explore this challenge and discuss how we can deal with the climate crisis in a just way, and mitigate the worst of its impacts on those that are most at risk. 

Dr Shine has a wealth of experience as an international climate change negotiator and adviser to world leaders on environmental and climate policy – and on matters of climate justice. She was recently appointed by the United Nations to oversee the next international review of the global climate goals.

She also runs Change by Degrees environmental consultancy and her first book, ‘How to save your planet one object at a time’, was published earlier this year.

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Previous events

Transforming 500 million lives: Driving large scale social innovation in India
with Roopa Kudva, Partner and Managing Director, Omidyar Network India

Watch the recoding here

Over the next two years an estimated 500 million low to middle-income Indians are expected to come online for the first time via smart phones. This provides an opportunity to transform these lives through the provision of vital services – including financial services, education, mobility, and healthcare.

In this conversation with Roopa Kudva, Partner and Managing Director of Omidyar Network India, we explored how access to mobile technology is improving lives in low to middle-income countries and discussed the drivers of large scale social change.

The event was chaired by CDC’s Head of External Affairs, Colin Buckley and Srini Nagarajan, Managing Director and Head of Asia CDC, joined the discussion as a panellist.

Advancing private and public sector collaboration to tackle the world’s biggest challenges
With Michael Anderson CB, Chief Executive Officer, MedAccess

Watch the recording here 

As the decade’s progress towards reducing global inequality stalls, how can the public and private sectors better collaborate to support developing economies through the COVID crisis and tackle the world’s biggest challenges?

In this event we spoke with Michael Anderson CB, CEO of MedAccess, a social finance company owned by CDC, working to increase access to vital healthcare products in underserved markets.

The event was chaired by CDC’s Chief Impact Officer, Liz Lloyd, and Maina Sahi, Sector strategist for Healthcare and Education, joined the discussion as a panellist.

Green Swans: A blueprint for a sustainable global economy
With John Elkington, Founder and Chief Pollinator, Volans

Watch the recording here

The ongoing COVID crisis has laid bare the weaknesses in our existing socio-economic structures. And with calls to tackle the climate emergency intensifying, the need for an alternative approach is clear. How do we move forward in a way which addresses these challenges and create a more balanced and sustainable global economy? John Elkington, the “godfather of sustainability”, may just have the answer.

In this event we explored John’s compelling thesis for systemic change, as outlined in his latest book Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism; and discussed the role of the private sector and its leaders in creating a new blueprint for the global economy.

The event was chaired by CDC’s CEO, Nick O’Donohoe, and Amal-Lee Amin, Climate Change Director at CDC, joined the discussion as a panelist.

Building the recovery: What is the role of impact investing?
With Amit Bouri, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, The Global Impact Investing Network

Watch the recording here  

The discussion reflected on the growth of the impact investing market, which according to the GIIN’s 2020 survey is now worth an estimated $715 billion, and explored how it has reshaped the finance industry. In addition, the discussion looked at how has the pandemic has affected impact investing and the SDG agenda, and what role the sector will play in ensuring a balanced and sustainable recovery.

The event was chaired by CDC’s Head of External Affairs, Colin Buckley and Yasemin Lamy, Deputy CIO for Catalyst Strategies at CDC, joined the discussion as a panellist.