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COP27: Inconsistent progress on fossil fuels shows need for flexibility

Reports published at COP27 suggest slow but steady progress by banks on interim sector targets for net zero. But political reality, particularly in the US, requires a delicate approach.

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International financial institutions have an important role supporting the sustainable transition of African countries in parallel with their economic growth and development. To achieve this, their work in facilitating the flow of sustainable finance across the continent is critical, writes Claire Landon.