The Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) was a Centre of Excellence operating from 2011 to 2016 to address fundamental issues affecting the Australian financial industry. CIFR’s mission was to promote financial sector vibrancy, resilience and integrity, supporting Australia as a regional financial centre...
This report identifies ‘Open Finance’ as the next priority area to expand Consumer Data Rights (CDR).
The ways that online funding mechanisms can be exploited by individuals and groups promoting right-wing extremist ideology in Australia are an emerging problem. This paper argues that any response must include strong policies and programs to address the drivers of such extremism.
Differences in occurrence of unethical business practices in a post-transitional country in the CEE region: the case of Slovakia
This study aims to contribute to the understanding of unethical practices in business and asks whether certain types of organisations are considerably more exposed to unethical business practices than others are.
This paper explores the recent applications of blockchain technology in financial services and outlines regulatory responses, to set the scene for future work in this area on corporate governance.
As automation technologies such as machine learning and robotics play an increasingly great role in everyday life, their potential effect on the workplace has, unsurprisingly, become a major focus of research and public concern. The discussion tends toward a Manichean guessing game: which jobs will...
This paper documents the surge in China’s capital exports to the rest of the world during the past decades. While China’s dominant footprint in world trade is well known, its expanding role in global finance is poorly documented and understood. This paper helps fill this...
High-performance health financing for universal health coverage: driving sustainable, inclusive growth in the 21st century
This report and the initiatives it recommends for countries and partners, including the G20, aim to identify specific unmet needs to which the G20 Finance Track can contribute, consistent with the guidance on health financing for Universal Health Coverage.
This brief presents a portion of the research relating to project evaluation. Insights can improve decisions relating to investment in water-supply infrastructure by accounting explicitly for climate variability and for prospective climate change. These insights can be applied to other capital-intensive long-term investment projects undertaken...
Financialisation, scaling and the role of finance for ‘just’ urban sustainability transitions – the possibilities and limits of renewable energy interventions in cities
This paper explores two sets of issues that are fundamental to restoring confidence in the Green Climate Fund and should be addressed simultaneously: resources and governance. It analyzes key challenges with resource predictability and governance and suggests ways forward.
This paper describes recent progress, identifies key gaps and outlines a list of actions to advance efforts to improve efforts to support sustainable development finance.
The Pacific experiences detailed in this booklet are organised in terms of their relevance to the seven pillars of the Pacific Climate Change Finance Assessment Framework (PCCFAF). The booklet outlines broad regional observations of each of the seven dimensions of the PCCFAF and then presents...
Australia’s financial sector is defined by the power of the big-four banks, the money they make off housing loans and their billion dollar annual profits to shareholders. In the face of ongoing misconduct and price gouging, it’s time for Government to step in and ensure...
Accelerating the transition to the circular economy: improving access to finance for circular economy projects
To improve the conditions for financing circular economy projects, the EU Expert Group on Circular Economy Financing analysed barriers and identified the main areas where incentives need to be provided.
Building 4 People: Quantifying the benefits of energy renovation investments in schools, offices and hospitals
The impact of building renovation on health, well-being and productivity could improve the lives of more than 200 million Europeans. This set of publications, developed by BPIE and commissioned by Buildings 2030, takes an important step towards defining, measuring, quantifying and monetising the impact of...
The Climate Bonds Initiative has been researching investment opportunities in bonds financing climate-aligned assets since 2012. The climate and investment backdrop has changed dramatically over the past 6 years. The labelled green bond markethas taken off and with it, the focus of this research has...
“Efficiency First” (E1st) is the fundamental principle around which the development of the EU’s energy system should be designed. It means considering the potential for efficiency (including energy savings and demand response) in all decision-making related to energy, and prioritising efficiency improvements when they are...
The business case for High Performance Buildings (HPBs) traditionally cites energy savings and increased asset value as the most appealing incentives. But another – and arguably greater – form of enhanced value creation that comes through HPBs is rarely discussed: HPBs benefit the people who...