Climate Finance in Africa: from aid to trade

Date: 12 May 2011
Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Hosted by the CMIA and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

What are the challenges to financing climate change mitigation projects in Africa? Where are the opportunities? What policies are being pursued to facilitate climate finance, especially in the forestry space?

This event explored the complementary and competing perspectives of academe, government and market participants with regards to complex key issues in the project financing of offset investments in Africa. The aim was to identify how all parties can work together towards their common objective of combating climate change while encouraging the region’s clean and sustainable growth.


  • Tasmin Ballard, Economist, UK Department for International Development
  • Mike Bess, Chairman for Africa, Camco
  • Mafalda Duarte, Climate Finance Coordinator, African Development Bank
  • Steven Gray, Head of International Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Capital
  • Martin Hession, Chair, CDM Executive Board
  • Abyd Karmali, Global Head of Carbon Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Alexander Sarac, General Counsel, Ecosecurities
  • Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director, The CarbonNeutral Company
  • John Ward, Principal, Vivid Economics

More information

Download the event programme (PDF, 17.9KB)