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?
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?
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?
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)?
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’
After Castro’s death and with profound political and economic change across the Americas what is the future for Cuba’s medical internationalism?
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?
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.
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?
With the UN’s development goals up for renewal the question of financing is more important than ever
Fresh approaches are needed to break the cycle of debt dependency