Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Reimagining the US Sovereign Loan Guarantee Program: A Cost-Effective Strategy for Supporting Developing Country Partners
June 20, 2023
Given the urgent financial needs of developing country governments, it's time to reimagine the US Sovereign Loan Guarantee (SLG) program as a means to mitigate debt vulnerabilities and support governments in dire fiscal straits.
What Would the Ideal Development and Climate MDB Look Like?
June 20, 2023
If we could reinvent MDBs to respond to urgent development and climate needs and to benefit from 70 years of experience with the model, what would they look like? Countries should chart their own low-carbon climate resilient development and growth paths, with robust analytical support from MDBs that...
What Counts as Climate? Preliminary Evidence from the World Bank’s Climate Portfolio
June 14, 2023
We examine the World Bank’s climate portfolio at the project level for the period 2000-2022 and find that financing is skewed towards mitigation projects. These projects lack estimates of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and there is no standardized reporting on GHG estimates across the portfoli...
Towards Universal Health Coverage: Zambia’s Experience Developing a Roadmap to Support Heath Benefit Package Reform
June 01, 2023
For the last three decades, Zambia has implemented a series of policies to gradually work towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This case study delves into the process followed by the government of Zambia in developing those policies, with the aim of supporting other countries embarking on the jo...
Development Finance Cooperation amidst Great Power Competition: What Role for the World Bank?
May 15, 2023
The ability of the World Bank to strike an appropriate balance between country demands and global goods depends on the institution’s shareholders. Yet, the deterioration in the bilateral relationship between the United States and China now threatens to undermine effective governance at the instituti...
Concessional Climate Finance: Is the MDB Architecture Working?
March 14, 2023
The climate financial intermediary funds (FIFs) are one of the largest sources of grant and concessional finance for climate, especially for middle-income countries, but there are significant challenges at the systemic level and differing performance across FIFs. We recommend consolidating funds in ...
Yes, MDB Shareholders Can Act Now: Six Very Feasible Near-Term Decisions
March 01, 2023
The World Bank is in the most visible position as it works on its evolution roadmap. But change is needed across the MDB system to enable these institutions to play a more effective and a much bigger role in helping the world meet these challenges. Together they hold about $500 billion in shareholde...