Building the Policy Environment for SDG Financing in Asia-Pacific: Experiences in Integrated Financing Frameworks

8th June 2020 4:00pm Singapore Time

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Session Description

It is more important than ever before that countries approach financing from a holistic perspective not only for their COVID-19 responses, but in how funds are allocated, spent and leveraged for the SDGs.

Governments in Asia-Pacific are taking action to identify and leverage reforms to maximise resources for sustainable development priorities. These include policies to create enabling environments that promote SDG-aligned private sector development, leverage development cooperation, and develop instruments that leverage private sector participation in SDG investments, among others.

At the same time, the growth of the impact investment market has brought greater opportunities for linking private investment with the SDGs. As interest surges amongst international financial communities and regional regulators to ‘green’ their investments, the policy response is critical in shaping the increasing variety of investor approaches to impact and social investment.

It is crucial that public and private actors bridge the gap by identifying opportunities to align forces behind a common framework that is driving the common goal: a better, stronger, more sustainable, resilient and inclusive future for all. This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities for strengthened coordination between the public and private sector to collectively catalyse more and better SDG financing in the Asia Pacific region.

Key Takeaways

  • Unpack best practice examples of government policies and innovations that have made progress to engage private sector financing in achieving the SDGs
  • Discuss public and private sector roles in SDG finance and implementation, including the role of policymakers, capacity-builders, networks and harnessing impact measurement frameworks and dialogue platforms to catalyse better and more SDG financing
  • Identify opportunities for country-level partnerships and links across regional networks that can support effective public-private collaboration for SDGs


Emily Davis

Moderator: Emily Davis

SDG Finance Policy Specialist UNDP

Smita Nakhooda

Moderator: Smita Nakhooda

Senior Results Management Specialist, Strategy and Policy Department Asian Development Bank

Adam Cotter

Adam Cotter

Head of Asia, Chief Representative Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF)

Tomoyuki Yamada

Tomoyuki Yamada

Director, Private Sector Development Group Japan International Cooperation Agency

Rezaul Bashar Siddique

Rezaul Bashar Siddique

Joint Secretary, Development Effectiveness Wing, Economic Relations Division Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh

Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti,ST MSi, M.Eng, PhD

Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti,ST MSi, M.Eng, PhD

Senior Advisor to the Minister of Bappenas for Economic Synergy and Financing BAPPENAS (National Development Planning Agency)

Aditi Haldar

Aditi Haldar

Director, South Asia Global Reporting Initiative

Access session resources

  • Learn more about the role of central banks in setting sustainability criteria standards to tackle climate change in this report by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF).
  • Glean from highlights on the key sustainable investment developments involving public institutions in 2018-19 in an OMFIF report here.
  • Download Emily Davis' presentation here.
  • Download Aditi Haldar's presentation here.
  • Download Tomoyuki Yamada's presentation here.
  • Download Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti's presentation here.

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