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EIB at the 2018 European Development Days

EIB at the 2018 European Development Days

EIB at the 2018 European Development Days

  •  Date: 05 June 2018 - 06 June 2018
  •  Location:
    • Brussels
    • Belgium


With more than 11 900 sustainable investment projects in around 162 countries, the EIB is turning good intentions into reality, including delivering on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality.

Let’s look at some facts

EIB Group Gender Strategy  

How the EIB is addressing these issues

As the EU bank, it is our duty to ensure that the projects that we finance protect all corners of our communities. Women, men, girls and boys must have the opportunity to benefit from their outcome equally and equitably. To improve the impact of its activities on women and girls, the EIB Group adopted a Strategy on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment in 2016. This Strategy and related Action Plan will guide the Group to further contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) to 'achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls' by 2030.

Last year, the EIB supported EUR 23bn investments outside the EU, in projects to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: creating good jobs and fighting poverty, supporting young people, women and rural populations, preventing disease through access to clean water, supporting green energy and building vital transport links.

The EIB outside the EU 2017 report describes how the Bank is working to deliver results on issues such as the SDGs, gender equality, climate and migration, and the financial and technical contribution we are able to provide.

In the spotlight

About the European Development Days (2018 EDD)

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Under the main thread of ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest’, the 2018 EDD agenda will be framed by three major themes emerging as key priorities in today’s current context:

  • Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women,
  • Promoting economic and social rights and empowerment of Girls and Women and
  • Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation.

Join the EIB at the EDD

The theme of this twelfth EDD edition mirrors the three pillars of the EIB Group Strategy on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment, 'Protect, Impact, Invest'. On its stand - stand 73 in the Global Village - the EU Bank will present some of its supported projects and initiatives aiming at improving women’s lives worldwide. Visitors will notably have the chance to meet the bank’s experts on gender and development, join our lab debates with leading experts and opinion makers and learn what the EIB can contribute to sustainable living for all. They will also have the opportunity to try the innovative solar-powered lanterns produced by one of the EIB project beneficiaries, d.light, which provides affordable solutions for women and men without access to reliable electricity.

Tuesday, 5th June

  • This event will be an opportunity to discuss how to deliver the sustainable development goals while providing positive outcomes for women.
  • With EIB Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) Senior Investment Manager, Aglaé Touchard Le Drian, EC DG CLIMA Director, Yvon Slingenberg, EcoEnterprises C.E.O. and Managing Partner, Tammy Newmark, European Parliament Vice-President, Heidi Hautala and Frontier Energy Operations and Maintenance Director Annicent Busingye
  • From 09:30 to 10:45 in room D5
  • Find out more
  • With EIB Global Partners Director, Maria Shaw-Barragan, Argentinian Province of Jujuy Minister for the Environment, María Inés Zigarán and Argentinian Ambassador to Belgium, Pablo Ariel Grinspun
  • From 10:30 to 11:15 at the EIB’s stand 73 in the Global Village
  • Facebook live Facebook session with EIB Vice President, Jonathan Taylor, EIB Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) Senior Investment Manager, Aglaé Touchard Le Drian and Frontier Energy Operations and Maintenance Director Annicent Busingye
  • From 13:00 to 13:45 at the EIB’s stand 73 in the Global Village
  • Session in Spanish with EIB Global Partners Director, Maria Shaw-Barragan and Argentinian Province of Jujuy Minister for the Environment, María Inés Zigarán
  • From 14:00 to 14:45 at the EIB’s stand 73 in the Global Village
  • The session will discuss a multi-sector approach to making communities more sustainable and accessible for women from an infrastructure, governance, and economic point of view.
  • With EIB Environment and Sustainable Territorial Development Director, Werner Schmidt, EC DG DEVCO Head of Cities, Local Authorities, Digitalisation, Infrastructures Unit, Paolo Ciccarelli, UN Industrial Development Organisation Industrial Development Officer, Fatin Ali Mohamed, UN Office for Project Services Infrastructure and Project Management Group Director, Nick O’Regan, UN Office for Project Services Cities Alliance Gender Urban Specialist, Laura Lima and Paynesville – Liberia – Mayor, Pam Belcher-Taylor
  • From 14:00 to 15:15 in room D1
  • Find out more
  • Facebook live Facebook session with EcoEnterprises C.E.O. and Managing Partner, Tammy Newmark, Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development Co-convenor and International Network of Indigenous Women Board member, Joan Carling and EIB Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy, Monica Scatasta
  • From 15:30 to 16:15 at the EIB’s stand 73 in the Global Village
  • This event will assess ways of enhancing environmental and gender equality outcomes with gender-responsive development strategies.
  • With EIB Vice President, Jonathan Taylor, EC spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, UN Development Programme Director for Gender, Randi Davis, Member of Ghanaian Parliament, Nana Akua Owusu Afriyieh, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Governance and Rights Global Director, Lorena Aguilar, International Renewable Energy Agency Knowledge Policy and Finance Deputy Director, Rabia Ferroukhi and Young Leader for Bangladesh, Shah Rafayat Chowdhury
  • From 16:00 to 17:30 in room A3
  • Find out more
  • With European Parliament Vice-President, Heidi Hautala
  • From 16:30 to 17:00 at the EIB’s stand 73 in the Global Village
  • Session with Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Secretary General, Madeleine Rees and EIB Social Development Specialist, Sladjana Cosic
  • From 17:30 to 18:00 at the EIB’s stand 73 in the Global Village
  • This Lab debate will build on the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum's results and outcomes.
  • With EIB Global Partners Director, Maria Shaw-Barragan, EC DG DEVCO Koen Doens, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, BusinessEurope Director, Luisa Santos, South African Department of Small Business Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, SES Institutional Relations and Communications VP, Christine Leurquin, AWALEBIZ Founder, Nafy Diagne, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa President, Agnes Kalibata, Energie R General Manager, Yvonne Faye, Kenya Agri-business and Agro Industry Alliance CEO, Lucy Muchoki
  • From 18:00 to 19:30 in room D7
  • Find out more

Wednesday, 6th June

  • While women entrepreneurs create new businesses, disrupt established industries and develop innovative platforms at a record pace, they still face institutional barriers to starting and growing a business that makes financial parity with male entrepreneurs a long-term challenge.
  • With EIB Head of Regional Representation for East Africa, Catherine Collin, Friends of Europe Director, Shada Islam, French Development Agency Head of Social Cohesion and Gender Unit, Odile Conchou, Coca-Cola Social Impact Senior Director, Angela Rozas and Young Leader, Dorcas Asige Apoore
  • From 09:00 to 10:15 in room D5
  • Find out more
  • Facebook live Facebook session with EIB Lead Social Development and Gender Specialist, Eleni Kyrou, UN Development Programme Director for Gender, Randi Davis and Women's World Banking Asset Management Principal Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, Yrenilsa Lopez
  • From 10:30 to 11:15 at the EIB’s stand 73 in the Global Village
  • Women constitute more than half of global urban population, produce majority of economic wealth, yet do not enjoy the same rights as men.
  • With EIB Lead Gender Specialist, Eleni Kyrou, EC DG DEVCO Head of Section, Lars Groenvald, Bangangté – Cameroon – Mayor, Célestine Ketcha Epse Courtès, Habitat for Humanity International Lesotho National Director, Susan Mathabo Makuta, Nzinga Effect Founder, Eliza Anyangwe
  • From 14:45 to 16:00 in room D2
  • Find out more

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