Finance in Common Summit 2022

October 18, 2022 > October 20, 2022, Abidjan

FERDI participated in Finance in Common Summit 2022 in Abidjan. Florian Leon, Research officer at FERDI, presented his work on public development banks.

The 3rd edition of the Finance in Common Summit  (FiCS) was co-organised by the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank from 18-20 October 2022 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire as a hybrid event, allowing virtual and in person participation.

The event’s theme was “Green and Just transition for a sustainable recovery”. It was preceded by a one-day Research Conference on Public Development Banks on 18 October 2022.

FERDI participated in the session 1 of the research conference. The theme of this session was "Public development banks  serving public policies".
October 18, 2022 
09:15-10:15 GMT

Florian Leon, research fellow at FERDI presented and discussed the results of his work on the role of development banks in Africa in times of crisis (Léon F. (2022) Public bank lending in Africa in times of crisis, AFD Working paper).

Session 1 of the research conference "PDBs serving public policies"

Whether they have a specific or a generalist mandate, PDBs are responsible for substituting or complementing the markets when they fail. Governments are expecting that, but often lack to specify a clear mandate for PDBs to implement the international agreement they have signed. The session presented and discussed how PDBs manage to be useful tools for public policies and what its limits are.


Jiajun Xu, Executive Deputy Dean, Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University

Diana Barrowclough, Sr. Economist, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Stephany Griffith-Jones, Board Member, Central Bank of Chile

Florian Leon, Research officer, Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI)

Eva Gutierrez, Lead Financial Economist, Latin American and Caribbean Region, the World Bank

Kevin Urama, Acting Chief Economist/Vice President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, The African Development Bank Group