Banking for a Better World

Nanno Kleiterp in Conversation with Marijn Wiersma

Nanno Kleiterp

Banking for a Better World

Nanno Kleiterp

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

152 pages | 1 color plate | 5 x 8
Paper $18.99 ISBN: 9789462983519 Published June 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

When we look at all the challenges facing the world, including inequality, population migration, and climate change, we can see a role for development banking in nearly all of them. But will that role be played for good or ill? This book brings together two people, Nanno Kleiterp, former executive director of the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), and Marijn Wiersma, senior financial inclusion officer at FMO, who collectively draw on their forty-five years in that world to argue that development banking can—and must—play a constructive role.

We only need to read the news to find public outrage at tales of short-sighted greed in the financial world. But what happens when banks invest in long-term sustainability? Readers will find a fascinating example in the journey of FMO. At times global in perspective, at other moments intimately personal, Banking for a Better World weaves candid anecdotes with development history, as well as banking lessons with client interviews, to deliver a powerful argument for a business model that generates profit through impact, and impact through profit.

This is an important and accessible must-read for anyone involved in banking, business, policy making, and civil society as a whole. Banking for a Better World challenges us to start finding overlaps in our own lives and bridge the distance between our personal benefits and the benefits to our planet.

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