International Business Forum eConference


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This online platform accompanies the InWEnt programme "Dialogue with Business about Poverty Reduction and Climate Change".

The programme focuses around three major International Business Fora (IBF), as well as a lead up event to be held in New Delhi, India from 1st to 2nd December: "Investment Climate for Climate Investment - Fostering business dynamics for inclusive low carbon growth".

This eConference, building on an eConference held last year, will run in parallel to the India event and will focus on the contribution of business to the transition towards an inclusive low-carbon economy, and ways to enhance private sector engagement.




Discussion Starts Monday 29 November


  • How can public financial resources for combating climate change be combined effectively with private sector investments?
  • How can we ensure that small-scale projects and SMEs from industrialised and emerging/developing countries also have improved access to climate finance?
  • How can climate finance reach the poor (e.g. rural electrification)?
  • What skills are lacking at which level to speed up the development of a climate investment market?



  • What are the necessary global and national institutional frameworks and governance conditions to optimise the effectiveness of private and public capital flows for climate investment?
  • How can national climate and energy policies and frameworks liberate the dynamics of the private sector? How can national governance issues influencing the investment climate, including accountability and respect of intellectual property be improved?


  • Which business models can be developed to ensure adaptation and mitigation at the bottom of the pyramid, especially with regards to the rural poor?
  • How can successful and sustainable BoP business models be replicated and disseminated, both within and between countries?
  • What role can large companies play in integrating the BoP into their business models?
  • How do grass-roots BoP endeavours, including social entrepreneurship, differ from corporate approaches?
  • How to combine new ventures and advances in climate change related technology with BoP business models?

To contact the organisers of this e-conference, click here.

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