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PODCAST: Finance for Resilience

CDKN’s podcast series, Finance for resilience: Unlocking climate action, focuses on emerging themes within the climate finance field, and highlights innovative solutions from practitioners and experts.

Episode 1: Building climate resilience through microfinance

The first episode of Finance for Resilience unpacks the role of microfinance as a financial instrument to build resilience in communities which are vulnerable to climate change. CDKN’s climate finance lead, Kamleshan Pillay, is joined by guests Tineyi Mawocha – CEO of Opportunity Bank Uganda, Lydia Baffour Awuah – Senior Programme Manager at Opportunity International and Puneet Chopra – partner at Microsave Consulting in India. The discussion revolves around the concept and impact of microfinancing, as well as the very real possibilities that microfinancing affords in the betterment of the social well-being of some of the most vulnerable communities to climate change.


Episode 2: Demystifying adaptation finance

In this second episode of the Finance for Resilience podcast, we unpack the topic of adaptation finance. CDKN’s climate finance lead, Kamleshan Pillay, is joined by distinguished guests Malango Mughogho and Kathryn Bakos. Kathryn Bakos is the Director of Climate Finance and Science at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo in Canada and Malango Mughogho is the Director of ZeniZeni Sustainable Finance based in South Africa. Listen in as they share some of their insights and experiences from their work, including challenges, solutions, as well as important lessons that are being learned in the process.


Episode 3: The Green Climate Fund: what it is and why it matters in Southern Africa

In the third episode of the Finance for Resilience podcast, we unpack some basics about the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and explore the challenges and successes of becoming accredited to receive GCF funds and implementing GCF projects in the region. Podcast host, Kamleshan Pillay, chats to three guests about their work with the GCF: Karl Mutani Aribeb, the Chief Operations Officer at the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia; Muhammed Sayed, a Climate Change Specialist for the Climate and Environmental Finance Unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa; and Charlotte Ellis, a project manager on the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership programme.


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