The Africa and Middle East Working Group of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative includes 23 financial institutions that are signatories of the UNEP Statement of Commitment on Sustainable Development and/or the Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI).

The Group works with regional and local members and partners in Africa and the Middle East, and the subsidiaries of international organisations, to disseminate and communicate UNEP FI’s work, and contribute to delivering global projects such as tools and research to support sustainability in the financial sector.

The group works with local partners to deliver awareness raising and capacity building events around social and environmental risks and opportunities for financial institutions to help drive sustainable development in the real economy.

Further activities in the region include: Network-building in order to facilitate sharing of information and best practice between financial institutions; engagement with relevant stakeholders in the sustainable finance space in the region; providing access to UNEP FI industry and thematic outputs; workshops and online training courses.

UNEP FI engages with stakeholders that are relevant to sustainable finance in the region, including regulators, in particular central banks; banking associations; local sustainability networks and policy makers.

The Africa and Middle East Working Group was the first regional group within UNEP FI to be set up following the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development that took place in 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Training and professional development

UNEP FI has a range of training offerings, both online and in workshop format, covering several themes. For further information on each of these services, please visit the Sustainable Finance Training section.

Members

Financial institutions based in Africa and the Middle East which are UNEP FI Signatories

Supporting institutions

Africa and Middle East Working Group Co-chairs
Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Access Bank Plc., Nigeria.
Vanessa.Otto-Mentz, Santam, South Africa

Regional Coordinator
Geeda Haddad (geeda.haddad@unep.org)

  • Launch of the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) Guiding Principles & E-Learning Platform

    1 December 2015 | Nairobi, Kenya UNEP FI is to play a key role at the launch of the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) Guiding Principles & E-Learning Platform in Nairobi, Kenya. The event will be hosted by the Kenya Bankers Association, and attended by the CEOs of the Banking Industry with the Governor of the […]

  • High-level National Meeting on Sustainable Finance

    11-12 November 2015 | Dubai, UAE UNEP FI is co-organising, with the Ministry of Environment of the UAE and in association with the Central Bank of the UAE, the Insurance Authority, Securities and Commodities Authority and the Dubai Financial Services Authority, a CEO Roundtable of Financial Institutions and a workshop on Environmental & Social Risk […]

  • Redesigning Finance for Sustainable Development

    13-16 July 2015 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has called for a “loud revolution” to mobilise the trillions of dollars needed for the transition to a greener, more sustainable world economy. The call, which came at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, urged individual […]

  • UNEP FI leads the way on sustainability issues among Nigeria financial sector

    1-2 July 2015 | Abuja, Nigeria UNEP Finance Initiative co-hosted a landmark event by the Nigeria’s Financial Services Regulation Coordinating Committee (FSRCC) to bring together senior officials and Board Members across the full spectrum of the Nigerian financial regulatory community to raise awareness and build capacity around the concept of Sustainable Finance. While some central […]

  • Green economy financing gathers momentum amongst UAE financial institutions

    25 May 2015 | Dubai, UAE At an unprecedented national conference held in Dubai, financial institutions (FIs), financial regulators, Green Economy policy makers and businesses gathered from across the UAE to commence dialogue on motivating the finance sector to become actively involved in the transition to a greener, more sustainable economy in the UAE and […]

  • UNEP FI supports Bank al Maghrib CEO convening to launch sustainable finance strategy in Morocco

    19 May 2015 | Rabat, Morocco One year after Bank al Maghrib (Moroccan Central Bank) held its first convening on finance and sustainability issues in June 2014, UNEP FI, together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has now lent its support to the Central Bank. On 19th May Bank al Maghrib convened a national CEO […]

  • UNEP FI to support opportunities for green growth in Africa at 3GF Africa conference

    13 -14 May 2015 | Nairobi, Kenya The Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), UNEP and the Government of Kenya are co-hosting a high-level Conference in Nairobi on 14-15 May. The aim of the conference is to address key African green growth political priorities and interests and cover 3GF cross-cutting themes on financing for green growth, […]

  • Sustainable Finance Forum Turkey 2015

    5 May 2015 | Istanbul, Turkey The Sustainable Finance Forum Turkey, launched in 2013 by UNEP FI in partnership with the Business Council for Sustainable Development and Global Compact Turkey, hosted its third multi-stakeholder discussion on 5th May in Istanbul. The topic under discussion was sustainable finance in Turkey in the context of the current […]

  • High Level Training on the Nigeria Sustainable Banking Principles

    3 – 18 October 2013 | Lagos, Nigeria UNEP FI delivered a High Level training on the Nigeria Sustainable Banking Principles for the Executive and Non-executive Board Members of Commercial Banks and Regulators (CBN and NDIC) in Nigeria. The series of workshops was held from 3rd to 18th October at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos […]

  • CEO Roundtable

    10 September | Nairobi, Kenya The Kenya banking industry during a CEO Roundtable meeting held on 10th September 2013 approved a move forward to create a joint initiative that promotes best practice in sustainable finance. The KBA Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) would explore opportunities for industry alignment while building industry wide capacity in the area […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Ghana

    22 April 2013 | Accra, Ghana UNEP FI organized for the first time an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk Analysis training workshop in Ghana. The workshop was hosted by the Ghana Association of Bankers with support from our member Ecobank. The workshop was convened with the aim of sensitizing bankers, risk & credit managers and […]

  • Launch of Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in sub-Saharan Africa

    Videos   Video: Financing Renewable Energy     Press Conference at Governing Council , Press release   Press release ,, 21 February 2012 | Nairobi, Kenya Smart public policies are key to powering up sub-Saharan’s Africa’s clean energy potential, said the head of UNEP Achim Steiner while unveiling UNEP Finance Initiative’s latest report in Nairobi. […]

  • Introductory Environmental and Social Risk training workshop

    23 September 2011 | Nairobi, Kenya An Introductory Environmental and Social Risk training workshop, organized by UNEP FI, took place on 23 September 2011, at the UN Complex in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop aimed to sensitize bankers, risk & credit managers and other relevant parties across the financial sector, on the importance, effective techniques and […]

  • Advanced Environmental & Social Risk Analysis Workshop

    UNEP FI Introductory Environmental & Social Risk Analysis Workshop 8 September 2011 | Lagos, Nigeria An Environmental and Social Risk training workshop, organized by UNEP FI, took place on 8 September 2011, at the Four Point by Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The workshop aimed to sensitize bankers, risk & credit managers and other relevant […]

  • Nigeria Sustainable Finance Week

    Press Release   English Version , Lead Sponsors   , Partners   Access Bank Plc African Carbon Asset Development Facility African Development Bank Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft FMO International Finance Corporation Nigerian Conservation Foundation Proparco , 7-9 September 2011 | Lagos, Nigeria The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis South Africa

    ,, Introductory Training Workshop for the Financial Sector before the Global Round Table: Environmental and Social Risk Analysis 21 October, 2009 | South Africa, Cape Town This is the first time that UNEP FI convened a training workshop in Africa, seeking to train risk analysts and managers who work for Financial Institutions from all over […]

  • Seizing Climate Change Opportunities in Africa

    ,, Seizing Climate Change Opportunities in AfricaUNEP Training to Financial Institutions at the UNEP FI Global Roundtable Hotel Southern Sun The Cullinan – 21 October 2009 – one day session Background Reading The implications of climate change and the resulting regulatory responses are having and will increasingly have considerable implications for companies, including financial institutions. […]

  • UNEPFI and Citi Roundtable on Sustainable Finance in West Africa

    21-22 May 2008 | Lagos, Nigeria There is a growing view that banks, insurers, asset managers and other financial sector participants have a pivotal role to play in ensuring sustainable and long term economic growth. Attention is increasingly being paid to the manner in which the financial sector provides and manages capital, whether impacts on […]

  • East Africa Roundtable on Sustainable Finance

    1 October 2007 | Nairobi, Kenya There is a growing view that banks, insurers and asset managers have a pivotal role to play in ensuring sustainable and long term economic growth. Attention is increasingly being paid to the manner in which the financial sector provides and manages capital, whether impacts on sustainable development are considered […]

  • UNEPFI and WWF Workshop on Innovative Financing for Sustainable SMEs in Africa

    26 September 2007 | Geneva, Switzerland Documents Workshop Agenda and Logistics (PDF: 405 KB) Background Note with Questions & Hypotheses on SME financing in Africa that will form the framework for discussion (PDF: 71 KB) Suggested Background Reading corresponding to the discussion questions (PDF: 5 MB) WWF and UNEP Finance Initiative recognize the Small & […]

  • UNEP FI side events at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD)

    UNEP FI Side Events 28 August, 2002 – 2 September, 2002 | Johannesburg, South Africa UNEP FI, and its conference partners, the Corporation of London, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), IUCN – The World Conservation Union, and UNEP FI African Task Force members and associates held a series of events at the World […]

  • UNEP FI Regional Outreach Event – Africa

    Host           , Main Sponsors           , Named Sponsor           ,28-29 January, 2002 | Midrand, South Africa On January 28th-29th 2002, UNEP FI held the third in a series of Regional Outreach events, in Midrand, South Africa, which was hosted by the Development […]