How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect ESG investments? And is it possible to ensure that the current focus on ESG standards benefits low-income countries? Gail Hurley calls for more patient capital and a hands-on approach.
Is it time to revive debt-for-health swaps?
As the COVID-19 crisis worsens SDG financing gaps, could debt-for-health swaps provide an additional way in which more resources for healthcare systems could be made available while also reduce high debt burdens?
Public sector lenders must show leadership amid the coronavirus crisis
Public sector lenders should take the lead in pioneering innovative loan contracts that allow borrowers to better respond to crises like the coronavirus pandemic
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.
Sovereign Debt and Human Rights
Delighted to be a contributing author to this fantastic new book on sovereign debt and human rights
Blog: Meeting the urban finance challenge
As rapid urbanization proceeds, how can we enhance subnational finance in responsible ways and contribute substantially to local and national development? How are cities around the world already meeting the financing challenge at local level, including through innovative new finance models? Are there risks? What role for the international development community to support urban finance?
Opinion: The pros and cons of ethical debt instruments
In May, the World Bank issued the world’s first bond linked explicitly to the U.N. SDGs. The initiative — which aims to capitalize on a rising number of investors interested in positive social and environmental impacts in addition to financial returns — has been heralded an innovation in investment products and can be added to a growing list of innovative debt instruments that are marketed as “ethical”. What are the pros and cons of innovative debt instruments?
Blog: Game, set and match: Over and out for the SDGs? Not so fast
We have raised the bar on our development aspirations. That the SDGs will cost trillions to achieve is obvious. Will we raise the bar on development finance?
Blog: The Addis Ababa Action Agenda: A step forward on financing for development?
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) lays out the steps the international community promises to take to fund the world’s new sustainable development agenda – to be agreed in New York in September. What does it promise?
Report: Financing for Development and Small Island Developing States: A Snapshot and Ways Forward
This paper provides a snapshot of development financing in small island developing States (SIDS). It reviews key data on domestic and international financial flows, such as development and climate aid, foreign direct investment, remittances, tax revenues and savings and also explores debt sustainability.
Blog: Can the data revolution transform how we finance development?
Which countries need more resources to finance the SDGs? What types of resources are needed most? Where does international finance, both public and private, currently flow? Where does it not? Answers to all of these require reliable and easy-to-understand data on all international financial flows.
Blog: Small islands need debt relief to pay for climate change
With the UN’s development goals up for renewal the question of financing is more important than ever
Blog: From MDGs to … SDGs
The world has drafted a spectacular new ‘to-do’ list of Sustainable Development Goals. Do the SDGs represent a chance for transformational change?
Blog: How well is the rich world supporting development?
The policies and actions of rich and powerful nations influence the developing world’s development prospects. How well are they supporting development?