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  • While the banking sector will be pivotal in Africa’s sustainable transition, impact investors have an important part to play, especially in sparking growth in renewable energy to power change, writes Hiriyti Bairu.   
  • 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.
  • There is enough geothermal energy under the earth’s crust to power the world. The problem is funding. Capex needs, project risk and first-of-its-kind technology have left geothermal overlooked and underappreciated. Jamie Beard and Project InnerSpace are hoping to change that, writes Steven Gilmore.
  • Decades of low rates and falling cost-curves were key to making renewables competitive, helping channel billions of dollars into green energy projects. Amid soaring inflation and the most rapid interest rate rise in history, concern is growing that economic turmoil could sap momentum from the energy transition, writes Steven Gilmore.
  • A groundbreaking repo facility for African sovereign Eurobonds was completed in time for a debut trade as COP27 took place. The road to closing the deal was far from simple.
  • With anti-ESG sentiment on the rise amid a global financial tightening, is it time for investors to listen to the anti-woke agenda or double down on social responsibility?

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