Financial markets and infrastructure: CoC convenes advocates to discuss new trends

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jan 17, 2015


On January 19th and 20th 2015, Center of Concern will hold “New trends in infrastructure finance: A briefing and strategy workshop.” The meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Geneva International Conference Center, and is being cosponsored with the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. It will convene financial regulation, human rights, debt, tax justice, anti-corruption, financial transparency, corporate accountability and environmental advocates.

Participants will assess ongoing policy discussions on how to finance infrastructure through investments by financial market actors, in particular institutional investors such as pension funds, mutual funds and private equity funds. What human rights and environmental standards, if any, will projects so funded include? What are the measures to ensure accountability to citizens in the design and implementation of the contracts needed for such projects?  Will these financing modalities be appropriate to address the infrastructure deficits faced by the poorest and marginalized?