Challenge of the Decade is a six episode podcast series of the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO. Host Jonathan Groubert interviews people on the challenges and actions that need to be taken for reaching the UN's Sustainable Development goals.
Scaling up blended finance: how and why?
In this episode, FMO’s Idsert Boersma and CEO of Climate Fund Managers Andrew Johnstone join host Jonathan Groubert to talk about 'blended finance': the term given to the use of public or philanthropic capital to spur private sector investment in projects aimed at achieving the sustainable development goals. Idsert and Andrew argue that blending opens up the pathway for ‘big money’ to get to places where it didn’t go before.
Investing in sustainable forestry: is there a business case?
In this episode, FMO’s Anton Timpers and Sandip Chowdury from Oxfam India join host Jonathan Groubert to talk about the importance of investing in forests. Proper forest management is critical to close the emissions gap and limit global temperature rise. So we need to invest in keeping the forests we have and invest in creating more.
How businesses can align with a 1.5C degrees Paris pathway
In this episode, we will discuss how businesses can help limiting global warming to 1.5C degrees by 2030. Who are the key players in achieving this and what should they be doing to help save the world? What can you, as a listener, do to help?
Accelerating the energy transition
In this episode, we will discuss the energy transition. What can we achieve in 10 years and who should take responsibility? How about people in developing countries, is it fair to ask them to go green?
How to invest in fragile states
In this episode, we will discuss fragile states. What is a fragile state? And are they worth investing in? What are the pitfalls one can expect, in terms of cultural differences and convincing potential investors?