Advancing Environmental Assessment in Africa

December 10, 2020

Climate change, transboundary impacts, gender, and health are just some of the critical issues at stake in advancing and increasing the value of environmental assessment in financing activities in Africa. SBN is a learning platform established in 2012 by IFC and emerging market regulators and banking associations to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration to advance sustainable finance. One of the pillars of this work is the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into financial sector activities.

With this mind, the Sustainable Banking Network (SBN) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) invite you to a webinar to explore current and emerging priorities for commercial banks, development finance institutions, prospective developers, government authorities, non-governmental organizations, and environmental assessment (EA) practitioners, as they collectively strive to improve environmental assessment on the continent.

The webinar also features a consultation on the upcoming 4th edition of DBSA’s Handbook on Environmental Assessment Legislation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Benefitting from collaboration with practitioners across Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe, the new edition covers the institutional, legal, and procedural frameworks for Environmental Assessment in 26 countries. It addresses essential new topics, and features translation of relevant sections into French and Portuguese. Participants are invited to provide feedback on ways the next edition can be improved to best meet the needs of practitioners across different parts of the environmental assessment process, including the financial sector and regulators


About the Presenters:

Ms. Louise Gardiner

SBN Africa Coordinator
Consultant, IFC

Ms. Libby Dreyer

Head: Environmental Social Sustainability
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

Mr. Hamah Ndlovu

ESG Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa & Middle East and North Africa
IFC Director ( International Business Law program )

Ms. Bryony Walmsley,

Consultant to DBSA
Compiler and lead author

Ms. Leanne Govindsamy,

Programme Head
Corporate Accountability and Transparency,
Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)

Mr. Musa Salah

Ghana Sustainable Banking Principles Steering Committee


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