The Africa and Middle East Working Group of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative includes 27 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, professional development and knowledge management
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.
Insight, news and tools to help financial institutions based in the Arab region build resilience to climate change is available on the new knowledge platform: Financing the Climate Transition in the MENA.
- Association CAREDAS (Senegal)
- Association of Banks (Jordan)
- Banking Association South Africa (South Africa)
- South African Insurance Association (South Africa)
- Union of Arab Banks (Regional)
- University of Cape Town, Centre of Criminology (South Africa)
Africa and Middle East Global Steering Committee Representative
Musa Salah, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Togo.
Global Industry Committee Banking Representative
Wendy Dobson, Standard Bank Group, South Africa
Global Industry Committee Insurance Representative
Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Santam, South Africa
Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
Caroline Wakesho Sonje