Past Events

Showcase of Innovation of Tomorrow Powered by Transform Fund

Webinar ( 11:30 - 13:30 Tashkent Time )

This side event will focus on IsDB - Transform Fund efforts and STI’s hands-on approach in tackling the developmental challenges through supporting innovative solutions directed towards member countries.

The event will highlight the fine-tuned experience of the innovators journey through Transform Fund from idea, proposal, funding, IP protection and execution; showcase how Engage Platform complemented by Transform Fund have successfully leveraged innovative solution to enhance MCs preparedness response to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Six Transform Fund Winners, will share their ideas and projects to the audience demonstrating how their innovations played a vital role during COVID-19 Pandemic. The discussions will provide a real-life model of Transform Fund supported projects and success stories for sharing the STI experience of IsDB with the development partners.

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Reshaping the Paradigm of Economic Transformation, Empowerment & Inclusion of the Poor in Post Covid-19 Era

Webinar (07:00 PM - 09:00 AM KSA Time)

IsDB – Bloomberg Sharia Green Finance

Webinar (17:00 - 18:00 Tashkent Time )

In the light of the current global situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is aligned with the central theme for this year's isDB Group Annual Meeting "Respond, Restore, Restart: Post-COVID Resilience and Prosperity for all."

The event would be a favourable opportunity to host a rich dialogue between Bloomberg and the Islamic Development Bank on the increasing interest in green/Islamic finance across different institutions and countries, in light of its importance in accelerating sustainable development. The event would feature keynote speeches from H.E. the President, IsDB and Dr. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and UN Ambassador on Climate change, followed by a high-level round table discussion involving other high-level dignitaries.

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Resilience Forum: Building Resilience in the Aftermath of COVID -19

Webinar (09:00 AM Tashkent Time)

Tackling the pandemic is daunting and is a complex task in the Member Countries affected by fragility and conflict where economic and social systems are already fragile and to some extent dysfunctional.

The event will underline that creating employment opportunities through “Responding, Restoring and Restarting” is necessary to reduce fragility, enhance stabilization and reintegration.

Participants will elaborate on how critical it is to come up with combined innovative protection mechanisms that will promote and create stability, provides social protection and opportunities to communities affected by the pandemic and sustain these gains.

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Meaningful Youth Engagement & Skills Enhancement Post-Covid19

Webinar (12:00 PM - 02:00 PM KSA Time)

The Youth Development Forum (YDF) is a flagship annual standing event that takes place on the sideline of the IsDBG Annual Meeting. This year’s YDF is made up of two parts. The first part brings together influential thinkers, policymakers, international development policy experts, and most importantly youth delegates to address, discuss and debate critical issues of relevance to meaningful youth engagement.

The second part of the YDF will be dedicated to highlighting the importance of partnership by launching the IsDB-UNDP Joint Knowledge Products “State of the Ecosystem for Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth-led MSMEs in Bangladesh and Indonesia”.

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Empowering CSOs in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons for the Future

Webinar (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM KSA Time)

The health and socio-economic impact of COVID-19 have been severe and prolonged, particularly on vulnerable groups that are hardest hit by the pandemic especially in health, educational and economic systems. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) play a critical role in engaging citizens as a foundation for sustainable innovation to contain and mitigate the effects of the pandemic. They contribute to the immediate and medium-term efforts of the member countries (MCs) to prevent, contain and respond to negative impacts of COVID-19.

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15th IsDB Global Forum on Islamic Finance

Webinar (02:00 PM KSA Time)

The forum will discuss unleashing the potential of Islamic finance to revive IsDB MCs’

economies and address extreme poverty in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The forum’s first panel session will highlight the extent of multidimensional poverty in IsDB MCs and adverse impact of Covid-19 in this regard. The second session will focus on Islamic finance public-private partnerships as a tool to mobilize resources to support MCs’ economic recovery efforts.

IsDB President and Chairman of the IsDB Group, H.E. Dr. Mohammad Al Jasser, is expected to deliver the keynote opening speech, to be followed by a presentation of awards to the winners of the 2021 IsDB Prize for Impactful Achievement in Islamic Economics.

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Future-proofing IsDB Member Countries in the era of Fourth Industrial Revolution and Resilient Global Value Chains.

Webinar (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM KSA Time)

The world has gone through three successive industrial revolutions since the 18th century. While each revolution increased income levels and contributed to the well-being of the international community, they also created more inequality between countries and the ones lagging faced unprecedented development challenges.

At the beginning of the 21st century, we are at the cusp of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR). 4IR is the last of the successive industrial revolutions which already started to bring significant changes to our lives. Technological developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, robotics, smart factories, internet of things, 3D printing, digitalization, automation, blockchain, autonomous and electric vehicles are advancing with incredible speed that countries are in a race to adopt them.

These technological advancements are coupled with emerging global challenges such as climate change, population growth, increasing youth unemployment, rapid urbanization, migration, and food security. IsDB Member Countries need to prepare for these significant transformations to achieve their socio-economic development goals.

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Is the Decade of Actions To Deliver the SDGs in Jeopardy?

Webinar (03:00 PM - 04:30 PM KSA Time)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic disrupted implementation towards many of the SDGs and, in some cases, turned back years of progress. he Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2021 suggests that COVID-19 could lead to a lost decade for development. The crisis has touched all segments of the population, all sectors of the economy, and all regions of the world. In parallel, the pandemic has brought a lot of opportunities. More than ever, the SDGs can serve as a compass to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable world. The pandemic has exposed harsh and profound inequalities in our societies and offers an opportunity to focus on those who are left behind. I parallel, digital technologies have gained momentum during the crisis and offer a pathway for a swift and resilient recovery. 

Given this background, and the importance that the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) gives to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a side event will be organized by the IsDB SDGs Community of Practice at the IsDB Annual Meeting 2021 in order to study existing trends on SDGs progress, discuss challenges and opportunities that this Decade of Action is expected to experience, and brainstorm on suggested ways and means to remedy the situation in terms of meeting the objectives of Agenda 2030 with minimal setbacks. 

Key issues that will be addressed during the event will include: 

  • What's the current outlook on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? Before the pandemic, we were already not on track, how further away from the achievement of the goals are we because of the effects of the pandemic?
  • What should the MDBs be focusing on in order to make the most impact towards achieving the severely affected SDGs? Can we talk about the same focus areas as those before the pandemic, or do we need a shift in focus?
  • What types of concrete actions should be taken to reduce the financing gap for the SDGs? What can be done to accelerate the engagement of the private sector?
  • What does the development cooperation to achieve the SDGs look like after the pandemic? Do we go back to business-as-usual on this front?

Please join us on Thursday, 26 August at 3:00pm for a discussion with eminent personalities, global experts and country representatives for a conversation on the future of the SDGs in the context of COVID-19

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Green, Social and Sustainability Sukuk for shaping post-covid recovery in Member Countries

Webinar (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM KSA Time)

With the successful debut Green Sukuk and Sustainability Sukuk issuances in 2019 and 2020 respectively, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has led the evolution of the Islamic capital markets as well as markedly enhanced the profile of Sukuk as a financial instrument that can contribute to a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This was exemplified by the Sustainability Sukuk, the proceeds of which were exclusively deployed towards IsDB projects under ‘SDG-3: Good Health and Well-Being’ and ‘SDG-8: Decent Work and Economic Growth’.

In this virtual event, panelists will present the landscape and the process of issuing Labelled Sukuk in order to finance the SDGs in the context of IsDB Member Countries (especially Uzbekistan, the host country for this year’s Annual Meetings), discuss market trends and share the experience of global best practices and industry standards with respect to Green, Social and Sustainability bonds/Sukuk.