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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
Navigating the Straits: Pull Financing for Climate and Development Outcomes
November 10, 2021
An increasing share of official development assistance is being used for climate-related activities. This trend is continuing despite the lack of comprehensive cost-effectiveness evidence to guide spending decisions and continuing concerns that few applications are effective or efficient mechanisms ...
Progressive, Optimistic, and Misinformed: What Donor Officials Believe about ODA Allocations
October 26, 2021
Official development assistance (ODA) can be and often is spent in well-off countries, where a vanishingly small proportion of the population live in poverty (Dissanayake & Tahmasebi, 2021). Such spending is sometimes justified either on the grounds that a large number of the global poor neverth...
Some Unpleasant ODA Arithmetic
October 22, 2021
Official development assistance is supposed to be designed to prioritise the economic development and welfare of developing countries. The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee is a club of wealthy donor countries which collaborate to set rules and norms to this effect.
The Roots of Policy Incoherence: Domestic Policy, Global Public Goods, and International Development
October 12, 2021
Governments make policy to affect three domains: domestic outcomes, outcomes in foreign countries, and shared global challenges. This note sets out how the conceptual and analytical incoherence of policy set in developed countries across these three domains undermines their own effectivene...
Fiscal Policy at a Time of Polarization: Addressing Latin America’s Tough Dilemmas
June 29, 2021
These challenges notwithstanding, Latin America is beginning to benefit from a more benign global economic outlook that is anchored, among other factors, in an expansion in global demand, a resumption of capital flows to emerging markets, and a boom in commodity prices. In this context, the Committe...
Incentivising Investment in Human Capital through the European Fund for Sustainable Development
May 05, 2021
As the EU prepares to significantly scale up its deployment of blended finance, guarantees, and other risk-sharing tools aimed at stimulating investment in developing countries, and, in the face of spiralling needs as a result of COVID-19, this paper analyses how the EU could use its development bud...
Global Trends in 2021: How COVID-19 Is Transforming International Development
March 02, 2021
In this note, we explore some of the changes and trends in development agency strategic direction brought about by the pandemic, as well as fundamental challenges that bilateral development agencies will need to address in the years to come.