The 14th AFD International Research Conference on Development, The Visible Hand: Development Banks in Transition, will take place in the framework of the Finance in Common Summit. In the context of the global crisis linked to Covid-19, the conference will focus on development banks’ key contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to paving the way to a responsible and sustainable recovery. It will be held online.

It is organized with the academic support of the lnstitute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE), the lnstitute for Sustainable Development and lnternational Relations (lDDRl) and of the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI).

Academic Days

3-5 November 2020

This workshop will be dedicated to researchers and experts from academia, think tanks and international organizations. Researchers from the International Research Initiative on Public Development Banks (PDBs) working groups will present their findings, covering five key challenges:

  • The characterization of SDG-compatible investments; PDBs' business models, governance and financial regulation; and the global development finance architecture

Open Discussion Days

9-10 november 2020

The Open Discussion Days will gather researchers, Public Development Banks representatives and other stakeholders, to reflect on the key role development banks could play for building an efficient global development finance architecture.

  • It aims to deliver concrete, evidence-based recommendations to decision-makers
The Visible Hand

Preparatory events

On the Road to the Finance in Common Summit

Leading up to the Finance in Common Summit, partner organizations are organizing important preparatory events – hosting dedicated workshops, discussing the Summit at previously scheduled meetings and conferences – which help to identify topics of interest, expectations and proposals regarding the role of development banks and desirable evolutions. These events and their outcomes serve as essential inputs to prepare the Finance in Common Summit and its deliverables.

9 SEPTEMBER / "From pandemic to recovery: the role of PDBs? Focus: SMEs support policies and Sustainable Infrastructure"VEB / Webinar / English, Russian, Italian, Spanish / MORE INFO

7, 9, 13 & 15 OCTOBER / "ALIDE 2020 General Assembly | Building sustainable and resilient responses to the Covid-19 crisis –Latin America & the Caribbean. Towards a Global Summit of Development Banks"ALIDE, IDFC, BID, BDMG / Webinar / English, Spanish

22 OCTOBER / "Les Banques de Développement face à la crise : réponse contra-cyclique et relance durable" / BOAD / Webinar / French, English / WATCH REPLAY

26 OCTOBER / "Dealing with Uncertainty: Making Foresight Work for Sustainable Development Finance" / OECD / Webinar / English / MORE INFO

27 OCTOBER / "Scaling up climate finance in Africa" / AEIB (Afreximbank) / Webinar / English / MORE INFO

30 OCTOBER / "Common vision, common action: Towards financing sustainable food systems" / IFAD / Webinar / English / WATCH REPLAY

4 NOVEMBER / "Présentation du premier Panorama des financements Climat au Maroc" / CDG / Français / WATCH REPLAY

To participate or to request more information about an event, send an email to

Satellite Events

The momentum initiated by the Finance in Common Summit continues with an ongoing series of working sessions and webinars. Focusing on specific topics and challenges, this diverse program of Satellite Events is dedicated to creating synergies among Public Development Banks and to fostering cooperation with domestic and international institutions.



11 May 2021 / 11:00am- 2:00pm UTC

Finance in Common Spring Meeting - Africa’s Green and Resilient Recovery: a Common Objective


(in English and French)

27 April 2021 / 9:00am-10:00am ET

Delivering the finance we need for the futures we want: the role of national development banks

Organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in partnership with the Finance in Common Initiative 


In English only

6 April 2021 / 4pm-5:30pm CET

Launching the Alliance of Subnational Development Banks in Latin America

Co-organized by BDMG and AFD, with the participation of FMDV and IDDRI


In English only


13 November 2020 12pm CET

Getting ahead of the Climate Curve - Adaptation Finance in the context of COVID-19’



In English only


10 December 2020 / 11am-12:30pm CET

The Data4Nature Initiative


(in English)



13 November 2020 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm CET

Aligning with the Objectives of the Paris Agreement

Expert workshop with the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative (I4CE)

Webinar by invitation only

(in English)


10 November 2020 / 4:00 pm - 5.30 pm CET

Water Drives Resilient Countries: A Call to Action for Public Development Banks to Build a Water Finance Coalition

Co-organized by AFD, CAF, EIB, Sanitation and Water for All, and the World Bank, with the participation of Banobras Mexico, CDG Capital Morocco, and OECD


(in English)

19 November 2020 4:30pm-6pm CET

"How can development banks accelerate the green financial and budgetary transition"



In English only


13 November 2020 3:30pm-5pm CET

"Aligning Financial Intermediary Investments with the Paris Agreement"

Germanwatch, NewClimate Institute, World Resources Institute

Webinar (Public, 500 participants max.)

In English only


13 November 2020 / 3:30pm- 4:30pm CET

Emerging Technologies and Development

GovLab, AFD

Webinar (GovLab platform)

(in English)