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International Journal of Sustainable Development

International Journal of Sustainable Development (IJSD)

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International Journal of Sustainable Development (2 papers in press)

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  • Algorithms smarter than experts? AI methods applied to assessment of environmental risk of World Bank projects   Order a copy of this article
    by Laurent Boinot, Jaime Diaz, Steffen Feuerpeil, David Manoury, Gayatri Rao 
    Abstract: Environmental and social risk assessment of investment projects can be enhanced using text analytics. For each project, the World Bank assesses environmental risks and prepares environmental and societal safeguards for mitigation before board approval. In this paper, we used data available at the time of board approval regarding the project objectives and project descriptions to predict the risk of failure. We demonstrate that a simple model of text analytics, which goes beyond regular assessment reports, unearths hidden patterns to improve the evaluation of environmental and social hazards. We recommend that the World Bank improves its non-financial risk assessment by adopting artificial intelligence techniques. We also propose that the World Bank integrates text analytics in its open data and artificial intelligence initiatives.
    Keywords: environmental impact; international development; machine learning; non-financial risk assessment; big data for development; decision trees; natural language processing; text analytics; artificial intelligence; multilateral organisations; development banks.

  • Stock exchanges and sustainability goals: a commitment to progress   Order a copy of this article
    by Faten Ben Slimane 
    Abstract: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were introduced in 2015 to achieve a more sustainable future for all. Individuals and entities from the public and private sectors are required to contribute to reaching these goals. This paper contributes to the nascent literature on this topic by investigating the contribution of stock exchanges to achieving the SDGs. Contrary to previous studies that focus on one or a few dimensions of the SDGs, we consider all 17 goals. Our analysis, based on a large sample of 85 exchanges in the world, shows that stock exchanges can contribute to the realisation of all the SDGs. This study shows exchange managers how they can make their commitment more effective, and it highlights to governments and regulators the crucial role of stock exchanges in the transition to sustainability.
    Keywords: stock exchanges; sustainable development goals; sustainable finance; financial innovation.