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Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 12:00AM

Increasing Access to Finance for Developing Countries

Alice Chapple, Stuart Fraser

The widening gap between rich and poor is a matter of increasing attention and concern. This workshop, sponsored by Defra, the City of London and Gresham College, explored whether new financial models, new financial instruments and new technology may offer market-based solutions to investment in developing countries, meeting the needs of both investors and the poor.

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As Director of Sustainable Financial Markets at Forum for the Future, Alice Chappel leads the Forum’s work with the financial services sector, exploring how the financial markets need to change to enable greater sustainability across the economy, and working with others to address the barriers. She works both directly with Forum’s corporate partners and on specific initiatives involving diverse stakeholders.

For much of her career, Alice Chappel has worked with investors in the emerging markets, as financial analyst, fund manager, and social and environmental advisor. She has extensive experience of embedding social and environmental criteria into decision-making on investments in order to manage risk and add value. She developed the social and environmental policies for CDC, the private sector arm of DFID, and initiated practical ways in which these policies could be applied to enhance the businesses invested. She then worked with Actis, a leading private equity fund manager in emerging markets, to advise on their approach to social and environmental issues.
She joined Forum in 2006 and has worked in a range of areas, including microfinance; investment in clean technologies; investment in forests; the role of the insurance industry in combating climate change; voluntary carbon markets; sustainable private equity, and asset valuation techniques.  She co-ordinates a task force for the UK's Department for International Development on finance for adaptation.  She is a tutor for a postgraduate course run by Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership.

Alice has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a chartered accountant.

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Stuart Fraser, Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee, a Common Councilman of the City of London since 1993, representing Coleman Street Ward, Stuart Fraser is a former Chairman of the Planning Committee (1997 – 2000) and was Deputy Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee (2003 – 2008). Stuart represents the City of London on the London Councils’ Leaders Committee as well as a number of other external organisations and bodies.

Stuart Fraser came to the City of London in 1963 as a trainee stockbroker and over the course of his career moved through a succession of investment related disciplines, including Foreign Exchange, Money Broking, International Equities, Investment Research and Fund Management, becoming a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1980. Stuart is currently a director of Brewin Dolphin Securities, the UK’s largest independent quoted stockbroker responsible for the management of Private Client, Charitable and Trust investment portfolios and is Chairman of the Group’s Asset Allocation Committee. He is an Associate of the CFA and Research and a Fellow of the Securities and Investment Institute.

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24 October 2006

Increasing Access to Finance for Developing Countries
Alice Chapple
Stuart Fraser

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