Claire ESCHALIER
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Claire ESCHALIER

Team Lead – Development finance

Claire joined I4CE in 2022 to contribute to the expansion of I4CE’s impact-orientated research and dialogue with public financial institutions and support them with the mainstreaming of climate change into their activities. As such, she heads the Secretariat of the “Mainstreaming Climate in Financial Institutions” Initiative and contributes to the production of research and to public debates on the role of public financial institutions in the transition.

 

Before joining I4CE, Claire spent 7 years as a consultant, and later manager, for a consultancy firm specialised in the development of public infrastructure and services in developing countries. There, she managed projects for government institutions and international organizations on issues related to climate policies, the energy transition, innovative financing mechanisms for mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity. She notably engaged with multiple high-level stakeholders in public and private institutions, including international and local banks. Prior to this experience, Claire had spent 2 years at CDC climat –  where she initiated the institution’s activities in the field of international development – and 2 years at AFD in Indonesia – where she worked on infrastructure projects with climate co-benefits.

 

Claire is a graduate of ESCP Europe and of Paris Dauphine University in international economics.

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Last contributions
  • 29/11/2023 Blog post

    Climate finance: multiplying the numbers will not solve the equation alone

    Much of the discussions at COP28 will focus on the 100 billion USD/year target decided at Copenhagen to support climate investments in the Global South, and on the new climate finance goal set to replace it. But, whilst keeping our eyes on the volumes laid on the table, we also need to look more into the impact of every dollar spent. Identifying and building on the value added of every actor in the economy is essential to avoid overlaps and maximise synergies. Three types of actors have a pivotal role to play in the paradigm shift: governments, public financial institutions and private financial institutions.
  • 08/09/2023 Foreword of the week

    Development finance: From resolutions to actionable solutions

    The reform for a new global financing pact - as it was ambitiously designated by the French President Emmanuel Macron - allows little time for rest, combining several agendas that collectively seek to rethink how the Global South can finance its low-emission development pathways, with support from the Global North. The sequence of international events that starts this week with the Finance in common Summit, the African climate summit, G20 and followed by World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund’s Annual Meetings will be key to see if the multiple resolutions to reshape development finance outlined during the first semester of 2023 were merely wishful thinking or if they can be seen as the first bricks of a new international financial architecture. 
  • 15/06/2023 Blog post

    Reforming development finance to enable the sustainable development transition

    This blog-post is conducted by [i4ce] and IDDRI. The international community recognizes that the global development finance architecture is no longer fit for purpose. The World Bank, the IMF, and other institutions of the broader development finance system are today asked to invest more in global goods (specifically to fight against climate change and to preserve biodiversity, but their internal structure and the paradigms on which they ground their decisions have not changed since they were created with development – poverty and macroeconomic stability notably – as their main mandate. In this context, it should be no surprise that the response of these international institutions remains inadequate in terms of volume, structure and accessibility. 
  • 03/03/2023 Foreword of the week

    World Bank’s reform: almost a new pilot onboard

    After the sudden resignation of David Malpass, the World Bank’s Trump-appointed President, mid-February, Washington surprised the world again last Thursday, with the nomination of Ajay Banga, long-time Mastercard CEO, as his potential successor. Not only was the timing very rapid, but the controversial profile of the nominee also generated some sense of puzzlement. His limited […]
  • 20/01/2023 Foreword of the week

    2023’s resolutions for a reform of development finance

    2022 ended up on a consensus that the global financial architecture is no longer “fit for purpose”. In other words, the financial ecosystem created post-war to support international development - at the centre of which are the IMF and the World Bank who were joined later by other international public financial institutions - wasn’t designed to address the multiplicity of challenges the world is facing today, foremost among which climate change. Time is running, and the good news is that 2023 is set up to be a busy year with key events setting the milestones for a reform of the international financial architecture, including a Paris Summit in June. The year will close at COP 28, where we will officially take stock of current achievements.
  • 21/10/2022 Foreword of the week

    Public development banks in the spotlight: What we should be looking out for

    The end of the year is always a busy period for the climate finance world, with international events multiplying to take stock of the latest achievements in the implementation of the Paris agreement and to identify the next – more ambitious – steps to be taken by the international community. Though the climax of these events is undoubtedly the COP (starting in two weeks in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt), with the New York Climate Week, and the World Bank and IMF’s international meetings behind us, and the Finance in Common summit coming to an end, we start sensing that some topics are already drawing a lot of attention.

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