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?
International development is increasingly being financed in innovative new ways. Public aid money is critical and its role should be celebrated more
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)?
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?
There is increasing need for financial instruments and innovations designed to reduce vulnerability to risk and help countries cope when crises occur
Grenada is one of the world’s first countries to develop a vision for an economy based on ‘blue growth’
With Pacific islands at the forefront of climate change, they need to secure resources not only to meet development priorities such as improving health and education but also to adapt to climate change, build resilience and withstand sudden (often very large) economic and environmental shocks. Where will these resources come from, and how can Pacific islands make most effective use of these funds?
Many of the investments needed to achieve the SDGs will be made by cities. How can cities leverage, manage and deploy resources to support sustainable and inclusive urban development and bounce back from major shocks?
How can the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can make better use of a more diverse financing for development 'tool-box'? How can they leverage more blended finance, green finance, guarantees, local currency financing, and more?
How can the Least Developed Countries make use of a broader suite of financing instruments now available to support their development? And how can donors help them in this effort?
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?
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?
With major environmental shocks increasingly common, how can small states – from Barbados to Cabo Verde to Samoa – better plan for environmental emergencies? And will the international community make sure that adequate finance is made available?