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HSBC has launched a US$1 billion fund for lending to female-owned businesses over the next 12 months. Along with the Female Entrepreneur Fund, the bank is also offering a programme to help female entrepreneurs scale and grow their businesses.
12 May 2022
As India’s economy continues its upward growth trajectory, wealth and income inequality have become more pronounced. But the country remains less unequal than many of its peers, and rising inequality may be a small price to pay for the overall reduction in poverty.
11 May 2022
Climate action was a key topic at the recent spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. But somehow the world’s enduring failure to fulfil its climate finance commitments to developing countries did not get the attention it deserved
6 May 2022
The explosive growth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has opened up a new front in the broader climate crisis by threatening to offset the progress made in recent years toward decarbonization. For the technology to gain wider adoption over the long term, its proponents will have to get serious about reducing its energy usage
11 May 2022
Rising public health costs and the significant global disease burden – exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic – strengthen the case for the world to move toward ecological restoration. The benefits to planetary and human health will easily justify the cost
10 May 2022
Failure to make up for students’ significant learning losses during the pandemic could diminish their lifetime earning potential and substantially damage economic equity across the Asia-Pacific region. Governments must urgently mitigate these shortfalls by strengthening schools and social safety nets
6 May 2022
In the long run, it might be better for everyone if the fossil fuel sector were to shrink worldwide. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompting Western governments to devise energy policies that are both environmentally and geopolitically robust, that thought should help to concentrate minds
28 Apr 2022
Daisy Streatfeild has extensive related experience from her work at IIGCC, IDB, WWF
26 Apr 2022
Disclosure enables firms to better manage climate risks, emission reduction policies
25 Apr 2022
A number of Asian countries are more vulnerable to climate change due to greater exposure to risks arising from misalignment with low-carbon transition, according to a new report. Corporates and financial institutions in the region can alleviate such threats, and be better positioned to seize related opportunities, by adopting proactive climate risk analysis and management, according to the report, Pricing Climate Risks in Asia, from Center for Green Finance Research (CGFR) under Tsinghua University’s National Institute of Financial Research.
25 Apr 2022
Recent crises have exposed the shortcomings of our international institutions and growth-obsessed economic models, pointing to the need for fundamental reforms. The situation demands a new global commission to reorient our systems toward sustainable, nature-positive development.
25 Apr 2022
Beyond undermining public health indirectly by exacerbating climate change, methane emissions damage public health directly, by contributing to ground-level ozone and particulate pollution. Fortunately, we have the tools we need to achieve deep reductions in emissions quickly
22 Apr 2022
New sites in Asia-Pacific part of plan to restore 100 million trees by 2025, capture carbon
20 Apr 2022