Episode 6

#6 A Conversation with Karen Fang, Sustainable Finance at Bank of America

Sustainable finance signifies the potential for investment opportunities to yield both a return on investment and progress in a variety of important social areas; including environmental sustainability, financial inclusion, women's economic empowerment and racial equality. But what tools, strategies and innovations will we need to ensure that we maximize the full potential of sustainable finance?

UNCDF's Esther Pan Sloane spoke with Karen Fang, Global Head of Sustainable Finance with Bank of America, to hear her views on the future of sustainable finance, how BoA has committed to sustainability and how her industry is changing with regard to how it views sustainability.

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Capital Musings is the Podcast show of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

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The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 45 least developed countries (LDCs).

UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF pursues innovative financing solutions through: (1) financial inclusion, which expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the local economy, while also providing differentiated products for women and men so they can climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; (2) local development finance, which shows how fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion, women’s economic empowerment, climate adaptation, and sustainable development; and (3) a least developed countries investment platform that deploys a tailored set of financial instruments to a growing pipeline of impactful projects in the “missing middle.’’