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Inclusive Green
Finance Working
Group (IGFWG)

Inclusive Green
Finance Working
Group (IGFWG)

A platform for financial regulators and policymakers to provide policy leadership and regulatory guidance related to inclusive green finance.

Launched in 2019 in Kigali-Rwanda, IGFWG is working to develop green financial inclusion policy solutions while focusing on the communities most vulnerable to climate change. In response to the increasing interest from the AFI network, member institutions committed to work together and collaborate with partners in identifying, understanding and implementing inclusive green finance policy solutions.

 

AFIs inclusive green finance workstream is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

47
Member Institutions
44
Countries
4
Policy Change
9
Knowledge
Products

CHAIR

Audrey Hove, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

CO-CHAIR

Veronica Bayangos, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

CO-CHAIR

Najwa Mouhaouri , Bank Al-Maghrib

  • Provide policy leadership and regulatory guidance on
    Inclusive Green Finance (IGF);
  • Create an enabling environment for IGF amongst its members;
  • Create a common understanding of the topic of IGF by sharing experiences and building a taxonomy of inclusive green finance policies and regulations;
  • Conduct research and analysis of financial sector regulation, policies and strategies that have a positive impact on the adaptation and mitigation of climate change;
  • Stimulate discussion and learning on new developments and good practices on IGF amongst policymakers through the exchange of experiences;
  • Provide a platform for capturing, tracking and sharing information on innovative IGF products, business models
    and updated appropriate policy responses; and
  • Establish linkages and provide inputs, where appropriate, to global networks working in the area of green finance and sustainable financial inclusion, seeking to benefit from and contribute to the growing body of knowledge and best practice in this area.
  • Promotion of IGF Initiatives and Policy
    The private sector presents an enormous opportunity for scaling up climate action through transitioning to a sustainable economy and supporting a myriad of small to medium sized businesses and value-chains. The subgroup will develop a Special Report based on the regulators’ experience in promoting inclusive greenfinance to the private sector.
  • Greening the financial sector through provision policies
    Provision policies help a government ensure that financial services are provided to qualified beneficiaries. The Subgroup is developing a Special Report on the role of Central Banks in greening the financial sector through provision policies with strong focus on key learnings, challenges and strategies for mandating green provision policies. This report would explore the issuing of green bonds for financing SMEs.
  • Climate Risk Insurance for the Agricultural Sector
    Parametric insurance or weather index insurance for farmers, and microinsurance for those without traditional insurance, provide a buffer against extreme weather events and volatility. For smallholder farmers, insurance provides the security to make the types of investments and production choices that increase agricultural productivity. The subgroup will develop a Case Study based on the Central Bank of Armenia intervention: subsidizes the cost of insurance policies for agricultural insurance products, depending on the risk and the crop.
  • Inclusive Green Finance and SMEs Finance (SMEF WG)
    Financial regulators increasingly acknowledge that they have an important role to play in supporting MSMEs in adaptation and mitigation efforts. TheSMEFWG subgroup is about to publish a stock take of the policies that AFI members have enacted for MSMEs in the context of climate change, potentially to be followed by guidance for regulation in this field.
  • IGF in National Financial Inclusion Strategies (FISPLG)
    Developing and emerging countries feel the effects of climate change the most; climate change increases financial exclusion and is among the greatest barriers to financial stability and poverty alleviation. The FISPLG subgroup will work on a Guideline Note on integrating inclusive green finance into national financial inclusion strategies, a guideline for AFI member and for capacity building of AFI member institutions.
  • IGF and Financial Inclusion Data (FID WG)
    Is well known the role of data in financial regulation and policy making. FIDWG members work on an effort to design a set of questions that could be integrated in the Demand Side Surveys regarding inclusive green finance.
    2020

  • Inclusive Green Finance: A Survey of the Policy Landscape (Second Edition)
  • Inclusive Green Finance Policies for MSMEs
  • 2019

  • Inclusive Green Finance: A Survey of the Policy Landscape (First Edition)
  • Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan
    Bhutan Green Finance Roadmap
  • Banco Central de Reserva de El Salvador
  • Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe
  • Banco Central de Timor-Leste
  • Banco de Moçambique
  • Banco Nacional de Angola
  • Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
  • Bangladesh Bank
  • Bank Al-Maghrib
  • Bank of Ghana
  • Bank of Papua New Guinea
  • Bank of Sierra Leone
  • Bank of Tanzania
  • Bank of Thailand
  • Bank of Uganda
  • Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée
  • Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO)
  • Banque Centrale du Congo
  • Banque de la République du Burundi
  • Central Bank of Egypt
  • Central Bank of Jordan
  • Central Bank of Samoa
  • Central Bank of Sri Lanka
  • Central Bank of The Gambia
  • Centrale Bank van Surname
  • Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV)
  • Da Afghanistan Bank
  • Financial Regulatory Commission of Mongolia
  • Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority Bangladesh
  • Maldives Monetary Authority
  • Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances de la Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ministry of Finance Zambia
  • National Bank of Cambodia
  • National Bank of Tajikistan
  • > National Reserve Bank of Tonga
  • Nepal Rastra Bank
  • Palestine Monetary Authority
  • Reserve Bank of Fiji
  • Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
  • Retirement Benefits Authority of Kenya
  • Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan
  • SACCO Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA) Kenya
  • Superintendencia de la Economía Popular y Solidaria de Ecuador
  • Superintendencia General de Entidades Financieras de Costa Rica

Webinars

The webinar discussed potential solutions to ensure that the economic recovery post COVID-19 is sustainable and how to integrate Inclusive Green Finance (IGF) policies in such a recovery. The webinar specifically focuses on the role of financial regulators in this process and how to develop strategic approaches to limit global environmental degradation and climate change, and to ensure that recovery plans do not lead to further exclusion. Considering how severely MSMEs have been affected by the pandemic, specific emphasis was on how to ensure that their recovery is inclusive.

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The regulatory and supervisory environment is key in enabling innovative ways and mechanisms to reduce the climate insurance protection gap. Supervisors are well-placed to stimulate action that can strengthen resilience of the most vulnerable segments of the population against climate and disaster risks. By adopting proportionate regulatory and supervisory approaches, they can foster supply and demand of climate risk solutions. In addition, supervisors can play an important role in ensuring the incorporation of responsible insurance solutions in national strategies on disaster risk management.

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