This event is part of a series of webinars "Financing the 2030 Agenda in a vulnerable world", organised within the framework of the Initiative for Development and Global Governance (IDGM)

This third session dealt with the adaptation of the international financing of SDGs both to the structures of countries and to the risks they face, of which Covid-19 is a major illustration today. The panel considered how to differentiate the responses according to the specific challenges of each country, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable, starting with the least developed countries. It also addressed the long-term consequences of ongoing debt relief, and the importance of business support both in responding to the crisis and in pursuing SDGs.

Moderator: Patrick Guillaumont, President of FERDI, France


  • Masood Ahmed, President of the Center for Global Development, Washington D.C, USA;
  • Christophe Bories, Deputy Director of Multilateral Financial Affairs and Development, Ministry of Economy and Finance, France;
  • Lisa Chauvet, DIAL Economics Researcher, IRDSenior Fellow FERDI, France;
  • Paul Collier, Professor at Oxford University  (Blavatnik School of Government et St Antony's College), Senior Fellow FERDI;
  • Laureen Kouassi-Olsson, Head of Amethis’ West Africa office, Financial Institutions Head and Investment Director at Amethis, Abidjan;
  • Jean-Michel Severino, Chairman of Investisseurs & Partenaires, former Chief Executive Officer of AFD, Senior Fellow FERDI, France;
  • Tidjane Thiam, Special Envoy of the African Union to mobilise international support for Africa’s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, former Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Suisse, former Minister of Planning and Development of Côte d'Ivoire.