This report for Development Initiatives analyses the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on poverty and finance flows and asks how aid can change to support an inclusive and sustained recovery.
Global pandemic must be the impetus for a new era of international cooperation and financing for Global Public Goods
The coronavirus crisis highlights just how much the world needs a well-coordinated and well-resourced system of international public financing. Global Public Investment offers an ambitious approach towards pooling resources and knowledge.
Meeting the challenge of financing for sustainable development
I'm delighted to announce I've joined Development Initiatives as a Fellow. Read my introductory blog in which I talk about making development finance fit for purpose in a changing world...
Impact bonds are complex — but they could help us hit the SDGs
What potential do social impact bonds hold for the SDGs as an innovative finance model? How can we best navigate their complexities?
Show me the money | Part 2 Financing the Blue Economy and Marine Renewable Energy
While governments may be inspired by the blue economy paradigm shift, their pockets may not be quite so deep. How can new finance be leveraged for key blue economy sectors, such as marine renewable energy, which can carry high investment costs for relatively small economies?
Leveraging innovative finance for Caribbean blue economy growth
The earth’s oceans have been described as the last economic ‘frontier’. But business as usual can't continue. How can Caribbean countries more effectively leverage their ocean and coastal assets for economic and social development, while protecting these assets?
From aid to Global Public Investment: an evolution in international co-operation
What we were taught about aid is wrong. How we should think of economic assistance and international cooperation in a new era
What do Global Megatrends mean for the financing of the SDGs?
What do global ‘megatrends’ such as climate change, migration, urbanisation, continued environmental degradation, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and demographic shifts mean for financing the SDGs? What are the challenges and opportunities?
Opinion: It is time to redefine ‘aid’
Outdated visions of aid as a charitable transfer from rich to poor countries are not fit for the 21st century. A new narrative around international economic assistance is needed...
Opinion: Building Africa’s capacities to tax diamonds with Tax Inspectors Without Borders
US$13 billion in rough diamonds are produced every year. Africa supplies over 60% of the world's diamonds. We explain the role of tax inspectors in the extractives value chain to reduce tax abuses for more transparent and ethical diamonds.
Opinion: How incentivizing small tobacco farmers can change livelihoods
In partnership with health sector colleagues, I'm working to develop world's first tobacco control social impact bond to support tobacco farmers to transition to economically viable and environmentally sustainable alternative livelihoods.
Blog: Public aid is driving financial innovation to support international development
International development is increasingly being financed in innovative new ways. Public aid money is critical and its role should be celebrated more
Blog: Building back better requires supportive international finance
Hurricanes Irma and Maria have laid bare the deficiencies of an international aid and assistance architecture that sees many countries of the Caribbean ineligible for aid or concessional loans. What can be done to support countries to build back better?
Report: Financing the SDGs in the Pacific Islands: Opportunities, Challenges and Ways Forward
What steps can Pacific island countries take to mobilize more sources of finance and to strengthen the effectiveness of public expenditures? Are there opportunities to leverage innovative finance. And are there lessons learned from other countries, in particular other Small Island Developing States (SIDS)?