What role should international organizations, multilateral frameworks and global funds play in the energy transitions of African and Latin American states? During this session, the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Oxford University China-Africa Network examine whether multilateral institutions and funding mechanisms can meet the increasingly urgent needs of developing countries after two decades of disappointment. Despite considerable increases in the amount of capital that is made available to African and Latin American economies, there is a growing sense that extant forms of multilateral cooperation will continue to fall short of what is required to meet the twin challenges of decarbonization and climate adaptation. What reforms must be undertaken and what new kinds of partnership must be forged to make multilateral financing both more effective and more comprehensive?


  • Nicolas Lippolis, PhD Candidate, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Co-Convenor, OUCAN
  • Harry Verhoeven, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, and Convenor of OUCAN


  • Kathryn Hochstetler, Professor of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Najma Mohamed, Policy Director, Green Economy Coalition
  • Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, CEO of the Development Bank of São Paulo (Desenvolve SP)
  • Josué Tanaka, Imperial College Business School and formerly managing director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development