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?
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’ 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?
Outdated visions of aid as a charitable transfer from rich to poor countries are not fit for the 21st century.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...
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?
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?
Development aid is increasingly being provided by middle-income economies. This is a significant change in a shifting global aid landscape
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?
Developing countries lose billions annually through tax avoidance and evasion. New UN-led initiatives are helping but global action is still required