Open Data + Increased Disclosure = Better Public-Private Partnerships

Open Data + Increased Disclosure = Better Public-Private Partnerships

The benefits of open and participatory public procurement are increasingly being recognized by international bodies such as the Group of 20 major economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and multilateral development banks. Value for money, more competition, and better goods and services for citizens all result from increased disclosure of contract data. Greater […]

Green Microfinance: A Tool for Sustainable Business and Climate Action

Green Microfinance: A Tool for Sustainable Business and Climate Action

Silvia Fernández, a young widow, was not interested at first in a new energy-efficient refrigerator for her business, a bodega on a busy street of a poor neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico. She didn’t know what energy efficiency meant, but when she was told it would lower her electricity bill, she changed her mind. She worked […]

Emerging Markets Attract Record $126 Billion in Clean Energy Investment

Emerging Markets Attract Record $126 Billion in Clean Energy Investment

photo: Peder Sterll With climate change an increasing concern, clean energy technologies are an attractive alternative. What’s more, development of these new, low-carbon technologies—including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind—can help reduce poverty in developing countries and enhance their energy security. In this context, a new report has some encouraging news: new investment in clean power […]

Boot Camps to Kick-Start Public-Private Partnerships in the Caribbean

The concept of public-private partnerships is in vogue in the Caribbean. Some governments mistakenly believe that PPPs allow the private sector to build and maintain infrastructure like roads, and provide public services like wastewater treatment, with little cost to the public sector. This is not the case. However, in certain PPP projects, private-sector efficiencies can […]

Greening Corporate Value Chains Lowers Environmental Impact and Lifts Competitiveness

  Adidas, one of the world’s top two sportswear manufacturers, recently ended its business relationship with 13 of its Asian suppliers as a result of their severe or repeated noncompliance with labor, health, and safety workplace standards at their factories. This is one example of large multinational corporations working harder to demonstrate to their ever-more-demanding stakeholders that […]