Capital & Ideology (Thomas Picketty) : Book review

About the book : French economist Thomas Piketty published Capital and Ideology in French (September 2019) and then in English (March 2020). The book is somewhat an updated and enriched version of Picketty’s great success, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which focused on wealth and income inequality only in Europe and the United States. After … Continue reading Capital & Ideology (Thomas Picketty) : Book review

Good Economics for Hard Times : Book review

The book was first published in November 12, 2019. The authors, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 2019 (Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel). In the book, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo address controversial topics such as immigration, trade, economic growth, technological disruption, universal basic and … Continue reading Good Economics for Hard Times : Book review

Covid-19: It is time for Impact finance to act now!

Sustainable development is more than ever relevant The Covid-19 challenges are not only sanitary but also economic. The crisis has already plunged the world’s economy into a recession with negatives consequences on jobs and social stability. Low-income countries, particularly, face tremendous pressure to deal with the externalities of this crisis. In such a context, sustainable … Continue reading Covid-19: It is time for Impact finance to act now!

Green financing : Turkey’s first Sukuk issuance

On 3 June 2020, Zorlu Energy made history by becoming the first green Sukuk issuer in Turkey. Zorlu Energy, a subsidiary of Zorlu Holding, operates in electricity generation, electricity and gas distribution, wholesale and trade in the energy sector. More specifically, the company has projects in sustainable infrastructure, clean transportation and renewable energy. The green … Continue reading Green financing : Turkey’s first Sukuk issuance

Covid-19: What implications for the future of the banking sector?

Source : Velvet Chainsaw With a large part of the world in forced confinement, the damage from the COVID crisis19 is mainly economic. This unprecedented situation has forced us to review several paradigms including the integration of technology in our daily life. It is true that before this crisis we had already entered the era … Continue reading Covid-19: What implications for the future of the banking sector?

Six takeaways from the event « Impact investing for SDGs: A new chapter for participative finance »

Al Akhdar Bank and The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) in partnership with UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development and Al Maali organized a conference and a series of master classes on « Impact investing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A new chapter for participative Finance … Continue reading Six takeaways from the event « Impact investing for SDGs: A new chapter for participative finance »

Points clés de mon intervention lors de la rencontre organisée à la chambre des représentants intitulée « Bilan de la banque participative au Maroc après 30 mois du lancement »

Il n’est pas possible de réaliser une évaluation objective du bilan des institutions financières participatives marocaines car nous ne disposons pas d’une stratégie nationale de ce secteur avec des objectifs mesurables. Cependant, nous sommes en mesure d’apporter une première lecture du bilan à la base des réalisations commerciales des banques participatives depuis plus de 2 … Continue reading Points clés de mon intervention lors de la rencontre organisée à la chambre des représentants intitulée « Bilan de la banque participative au Maroc après 30 mois du lancement »

The first ever Global Muslim Philanthropy Fund for Children

On 26 September 2019, UNICEF and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) launched an innovative fund that aims at reaching millions of children currently in need of humanitarian support in OIC countries. The idea of the fund was first announced last April during IsDB’s 44th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors in Marrakesh (Morocco). Today, global … Continue reading The first ever Global Muslim Philanthropy Fund for Children

ESG, SRI, Impact investing…: Lost in terminology?

Source : http://www.lupuschick.com/terminology/ Despite all the dire consequence of the 2008 financial crisis, it did help to question the paradigms of modern days’ finance especially its role in addressing economic, social and environmental issues. As a result, multi-lateral development institutions, think tanks, academic institutions, regulators and financial players have undertaken various initiatives aiming at integrating … Continue reading ESG, SRI, Impact investing…: Lost in terminology?

Growing Social Impact in Africa: Which Solutions?

How may Africa harness the potential of thousands of its young social innovators and social entrepreneurs in an impactful and efficient manner? Which patterns can be envisaged to expand social impact through sound and informed scaling strategies? These are the questions I investigated during my participation this September 2nd- 4th to the 11th edition of the … Continue reading Growing Social Impact in Africa: Which Solutions?