Past Events, incl. papers & recordings

Private Equity's Role in Delivering SDGs (5 November 2021)


As part of the SDG Dialogue Series, this first event discussed the current approaches, specific challenges and opportunities for Private Equity funds to deliver important outcomes across SDG themes.

The panelists included Prof. Nathan Sussman, Director of the Centre for Finance and Development, Ms. Sebnem Sener, Senior SDG Finance Specialist at UNDP SDG-Impact, Mr. Thibaud Ponchon, Investment Director - Private Equity (Asia) at BlueOrchard, Dr. Marc Moser, Head of Impact at Lightrock, and Ms. Jacquie Hui, Founder and President at Geneva Impact Investing Association (Moderator).

The SDG Dialogue Series is organised by the Geneva Impact Investing Association (the Graduate Institute's first student initiative focusing on impact investing, sustainable finance, and ESG) in collaboration with the Centre for Finance and Development.

Video recordings

Debt Relief for Middle-Income Countries (1 June 2021)

Grappling with the COVID-19 economic crisis, middle-income countries face growing economic vulnerability, as they are typically excluded from traditional debt relief schemes. How will the growing financial distress of middle-income countries impact the global economy – and how can the G20 address it?

This international conference was co-hosted by the Boston University Global Development Policy Center and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies ISPI. The Graduate Institute's Centre for Finance and Development cooperated in the organisation of the event.

Read two reports from the conference:

Recording of the event "Debt Relief for Middle Income Countries" (1 June 2021)
Recording of the event "Incentives to Increase the Use of Tracing and Testing Apps: Carrots or Sticks?" (27 October 2020)

Too Small To Fail: Why Some Small Nations Outperform Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the World (9 March 2020)


James Breiding presented his book Too Small To Fail: Why Some Small Nations Outperform Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the World, which tells the tale of some small, outperforming countries that have ‘arrived at the future first’, and are being forced to grapple as ‘laboratories of the future’ with problems impacting us all like climate change, immigration, artificial intelligence, aging populations, and slowing growth.

The book presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Jean-Pierre Roth, James Breiding, Cédric Tille, and Nicholas Niggli.

Event details

Too Small to Fail: Book presentation and panel discussion with James Breiding, Jean-Pierre Roth, Cédric Tille and Nicholas Niggli (9 March 2020)

Can Finance Aid the Poor? The Global Savings Glut, Finance, and Development (25 February 2020)


CFD Director Professor Nathan Sussman discussed channelling savings from the wealthy for investment in the poor.

Presentation (PDF, 2.9 MB)    Read more

Professor Nathan Sussman at the Lunch Briefing "Can Finance Aid the Poor?" (25 February 2020)

Youth Transitions – A Global Interdisciplinary Policy Research Conference (20 – 21 February 2020)


This Conference, organised by Azita Berar Awad and the Centre for Finance and Development brought together researchers from academia across disciplines and policy think tanks from global South and North to analyse the state of policy research, debate and agenda on youth transitions.

It focussed on multiple dimensions of transitions: the youth employment crisis and future of work prospects; youth transitions in situations of conflict and peace-building; and youth participation in civic and political spheres.

The Conference aimed at defining knowledge gaps and proposing methods and partnerships for strengthening the policy and research interface on youth transitions. The participation of multiple stakeholders , public and private users of policy research, international governmental and non-governmental organizations brought a diversity of views to bear.

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Informality – Addressing the Achilles Heel of Social Protection in Latin America (30 October 2019)


The UNU-WIDER Annual Lecture 23 was delivered by Santiago Levy, main architect of Progresa/Oportunidades — Mexico's incentive-based health, nutrition and education program for the poor. Mr Levy addressed informality, the Achilles Heel of Social Protection in Latin America.

This event was co-organised with the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER).

Policy Brief    presentation (PDF, 1.76 MB)

UNU-WIDER Annual Lecture 2019 by Santiago Levy: "Informality – Addressing the Achilles Heel of Social Protection in Latin America" (30 October 2019)

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