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Project Manager – Development finance
Alice research areas currently focus on mainstreaming climate in financial institutions. Alice contributes to I4CE’s role of holding the Secretariat of the ‘Mainstreaming Climate in Financial Institutions’ Initiative. 
Before joining the I4CE team, Alice worked for a development NGO and was highly committed member of the board of the youth NGO CliMates. She holds a Master degree in Energy, Finance, Carbon from the University Paris Dauphine and a Master degree in Geoeconomics from IRIS Sup’ and Grenoble Ecole de Management. 
Last contributions
  • 06/04/2023 Blog post

    Ambition is the Key Missing Ingredient in the World Bank’s Paris Alignment Approach 

    After years of waiting, the World Bank finally approved and released its alignment approach with the mitigation and adaptation goals of the Paris Agreement. Presented by the World Bank as “the most comprehensive institutional undertaking ever done by the Bank Group to reconcile development and climate”, this alignment approach is an important step towards the reform of the World Bank currently under discussion. But this approach won’t be sufficient, argue Alice Pauthier and Sarah Bendahou in this blog post. It could be more ambitious.  
  • 01/03/2023 Climate Report

    Supporting financial institutions in developing countries in their alignment journey with climate goals

    This report co-written with NewClimate provides practical guidance for international financial institutions to support financial institutions’ alignment with the Paris Agreement goals, and to more broadly contribute to transforming local financial systems. This guidance is developed around three pillars: a harmonised alignment assessment; the alignment of financial intermediaries; and the alignment of financial systems at the national level.
  • 19/01/2023 Blog post

    Here’s to an impactful new year for financial reform

    2023 will be busy with many events organised to address different parts of the financial architecture reform, including a Paris Summit in June. Alice Pauthier from [i4ce] tells you more about this agenda and identifies two conditions for a successful reform process. First, it has to be led by countries’ financing needs… wheras we are still lacking a granular analysis of countries’ investment needs for a sustainable development. Second, it has to be guided by the objective of maximising the impact of public finance. What we should count is the impact of public finance on the transition and not only volumes.
  • 04/11/2022 Foreword of the week

    COP27: A new journey for Development banks

    In 2022, the G20 raised a key question: are development banks well equipped to deliver their mandate and lead the way to a more sustainable development, in a world faced by multiple crises? Multilateral development banks (MDBs) and development financial institutions (DFIs) business model was historically developed around project financing. But they now need to shift to supporting the transition of their counterparts: country governments, ministries, financial regulators but also national public banks, local financial institutions and companies. A new journey for development banks, and a new journey for their counterparts. Quite a challenge.
  • 28/06/2022 Climate Report

    Long-term strategy use for Paris-aligned investments

    This I4CE report focuses on the role of countries’ Long-Term Strategies (LTSs) in the Paris alignment approaches of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs). It explores the possible roles of both the LTS development process and the resulting LTS document in providing insights on the Paris alignment of investments within investment decision-making processes. The findings are relevant for a broader range of financial institutions.
  • 30/11/2021 Blog post

    What we need from Financial institutions after COP26: from ‘pretty words’ to ‘systemic change’

    COP26 in Glasgow did not disappoint in terms of the volume of announcements from the financial sector. But what is behind the hype? While buried in an avalanche of ‘pretty words’, there was notable progress by financial institutions. They now look at the ‘alignment’ not just of what – but also of who – is financed.
  • 17/06/2021 Blog post

    By COP26 development banks must go beyond climate finance to align with Paris

    Today, all eyes are on the forthcoming 2021-2025 Climate Action Plan of the World Bank Group as a proxy for what the development finance community’s ambition for COP26 in Glasgow.The Climate Action Plans of Development Banks up until 2020 have been structured around climate finance commitments focusing on increasing their support for climate-specific activities. However, following up on their commitments to “Align with the Paris Agreement”, these institutions need to develop post 2020 strategies and actions plans, which go a step further to meet the level of ambition of the Paris Agreement objectives.
  • 04/06/2021 Climate Report

    Operationalization Framework on Aligning with the Paris Agreement

    In 2017, the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) together with the group of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) made a joint commitment to “align financial flows with the Paris Agreement”. Since its commitment, the IDFC had focused its efforts on identifying what alignment means and implies.
  • 20/05/2021 Climate Report

    Taking climate-related disclosure to the next level – minimum requirements for financial institutions

    In 2015, France pioneered requirements for climate-related disclosure from financial institutions, asking them to explain their strategy for integrating climate-related risks and for contributing to the achievement of the Paris Agreement objectives and the French national low-carbon strategy. Three years of implementation yielded mixed results and requirements are in the course of being updated in […]
  • 04/11/2020 Climate Brief

    From Aligning with Paris to the SDGs

    Climate Action and Sustainable Development are two parts of the same challenge and must be addressed together. Both adopted in 2015, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development frame a set of global objectives that are deeply connected.
  • 09/07/2020 Blog post

    Public Financial Institutions can help make the post-covid response “just and green”

    Ian Cochran and Alice Pauthier explain why even with COVID19, public financial institutions (PFIs) must continue their important work on aligning their activities with climate and sustainability goals – and how their progress may be key to ensuring that the response to the crisis is both just and green.
  • 05/03/2020 Blog post

    The 2020 Climate Challenge for Development Banks: Aligning with the Paris Agreement

    Public development banks have a major role to play in the fight against climate change. Ian Cochran and Alice Pauthier from I4CE explain in this blogpost the principal technical and political challenges those finance institutions will need to overcome in aligning with the Paris Agreement objectives.
  • 07/11/2019 Blog post

    Do not measure the impact of the Green Climate Fund- only – by its billions

    On 25 October, a conference was held in Paris to “replenish” the resources of the Green Climate Fund. 27 countries have made pledges, for a total amount of nearly $10 billion. Good news? Insufficient? For Alice Pauthier of [i4ce], the impact of the Green Climate Fund should not only be assessed against this figure. The Fund also has a transformational effect, particularly on the many financial institutions that, in order to access its resources, must follow an accreditation process. A process that may well become more and more demanding.
  • 17/10/2019 Blog post

    From Paris to New York to Santiago: The Silver Lining of the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit

    In September 2019 in New York City, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres convened a “United Nations Climate Action Summit” to increase the ambition and momentum of global climate action. While the outcomes of the Summit itself – particularly from country Parties – are seen as deeply disappointing, there are nevertheless a number of ‘silver linings’ to keep in mind on the road to Santiago. Alice Pauthier and Ian Cochran share four key ideas to focus efforts moving forward.
  • 20/09/2019 Blog post

    What does « Alignment with the Paris agreement» mean ?

    I4CE has just released a “framework for Alignment with the Paris Agreement”, Ian Cochran discusses here what “Alignment” simply means.
  • 19/09/2019 Blog post

    Understand the New York UN Climate Action Summit in a Minute

    Ahead of the Climate Summit, Alice Pauthier from I4CE discuss the major issues of the Summit and related events happening in New York: beyond raising ambition, finance will be on the agenda. She will be in New York with Ian Cochran to present and discuss outcomes of I4CE’s latest report on Paris Alignment, a subject that everyone talks about… without sharing a common understanding of what it is and implies.
  • 19/09/2019 Climate Report

    A Framework for Alignment with the Paris Agreement: Why, What and How for Financial Institutions?

    Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, financial institutions and other economic actors have taken commitments to ‘align’ their activities with the goals agreed to by national governments in 2015. A growing body of literature from both the research community and practitioners has emerged on ‘alignment’ with the Paris Agreement goals – but to date […]
  • 19/09/2019 Pièces jointes

    Aligning with the Paris Agreement – Joint Executive Summary of the Study. I4CE and CPI

  • 13/06/2019 Blog post

    It’s time to connect the international initiatives on Climate Finance!

    Since 2016, I4CE is the Secretariat of the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative. Launched at COP21 in 2015, the Initiative brings together 44 public and private financial institutions to make climate change an essential component of their strategies & operations. Leveraging its expertise and network, I4CE assists the Initiative in fostering exchanges between the so-called “Supporting Institutions” on emerging practice and approaches to mainstream climate change.
  • 06/03/2019 Blog post

    A European Climate Bank: we can do better

    The idea of creating a European Climate Bank is gaining ground. After being put on the table by the Climate Finance Pact and its many supporters, it is now included in French President Emmanuel Macron's "Letter to Europeans". With the European elections coming up soon, it is excellent news that financing the fight against climate change is on Europe's political agenda. However, is the best solution a new European financial institution?
  • 17/12/2018 Blog post

    COP24: the challenge of implementation

    COP24 in Katowice just ended and was marked by the difficult adoption of a package of practical rules - the Katowice Climate Package - on transparency, the content of national contributions or their revision. It was also a COP marked by deep concerns about the willingness of Signatory Countries to increase their climate ambition in the coming years. Currently, countries' commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will lead to global warming well above 2°C, the threshold above which our climate would jump into the unknown.
  • 03/12/2018 Blog post

    I4CE at COP24 in Katowice, Poland: list of events and publications

    The I4CE team will be present throughout the two weeks of negotiations, in order to present its latest achievements in about ten side-events, whether on carbon pricing, climate investment tracking, climate action by financial actors or carbon certification of innovative practices in the land sector. Please see below the full list of events organized by I4CE - or where I4CE will be participating.
  • 21/09/2018 Blog post

    Global Climate Action Summit: what progress on climate finance?

    The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), organized by the State of California from the 12th to the 14th of September, brought together “non-state actors” from around the world – including representatives from states and provinces, regions, cities, businesses, financial institutions and civil society. Its slogan of ‘Taking Ambition to the Next Level’ made clear the objective of the Summit: to demonstrate the commitment and engagement of non-state actors as a means of convincing governments to “step up” and revise their national climate policies, as needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
  • 14/09/2018 Blog post

    Statement of the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative in San Francisco

    At the Global Climate Action Summit, the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative released a Joint Statement demonstrating how financial institutions are supporting local climate action.
  • 21/06/2018 Blog post

    I4CE & E3G host breakfast meeting to push ambition on sustainable finance

    I4CE and E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism in partnership with the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union held a breakfast meeting to discuss the following issue ...
  • 26/06/2017 Blog post

    I4CE in charge of the Secretariat of the “Climate Action in Financial Institutions” Initiative

    On the sidelines of COP21, public and private financial institutions around the globe adopted 5 Voluntary Principles for “mainstreaming” climate change. The Initiative now renamed Climate Action in Financial Institutions gathers as of June 2017 30 financial institutions. It represents for them an opportunity to learn from each other, to disseminate good practice and lessons learned and to […]

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