Maria Jose Romero

Maria Jose Romero

Latin America and the outbreak of Covid-19: a chronicle of multiple crises (II)

This is the second in a series of articles on the outbreak of Covid-19 and the impact on Latin America. In the first article we explored the underlying factors of the health emergency, including the austerity policies and increased role of the private sector, through health public-private partnerships (PPPs).

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Debt Sustainability
Maria Jose Romero

Latin America and the outbreak of Covid-19: a chronicle of multiple crises (I)

In this article, we analyse how the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting Latin American countries and their ability to respond to the health emergency in an effective and equitable way.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Debt Sustainability
Gino Brunswijck

The Bretton Woods Institutions, 75 years on: reform or risk irrelevance.

The Bretton Woods Institutions were built on the ruins of an old world-order, at the end of World War II, and the dawn of a new world order, marked by the birth of many new nation-states and the onset of the cold-war. 

  • Aid Effectiveness
  • Global Processes
Gino Brunswijck

Annual Meetings round-up: 75 years of the Bretton Woods institutions, little cause for celebration

The 2019 World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual meetings last week marked the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs). However, there was little cause for celebration.

  • Aid Effectiveness
Maria Jose Romero

Asociaciones público-privadas y asistencia de salud universal en América Latina: ¿a qué costo?

En el centro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible está el compromiso internacional con la Cobertura Sanitaria Universal (CSU). Esto responde a la urgente necesidad de abordar un problema crucial: al menos la mitad de la población mundial sigue careciendo de acceso a los servicios esenciales de salud y la asequibilidad sigue siendo una razón clave para que esto suceda.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
Maria Jose Romero

Impact of development finance institutions on sustainable development

Development finance institutions (DFIs) have a positive role to play in supporting economic growth and job creation through the mobilisation of private investment in developing countries. 

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
Maria Jose Romero

Public private partnerships and universal health care in Latin America - at what cost?

At the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals is an international commitment to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This responds to the urgent need to address a crucial problem: at least half of the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services, and affordability remains a key reason for that.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
Bodo Ellmers

A Global Green New Deal – new UNCTAD report outlines a financing plan

The debate about a Green New Deal has recently been reinvigorated in both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, the Green New Deal is part of the priorities of the European Commission’s President-elect Ursula von der Leyen. And at the UN in New York last month, sustainable development was featured in a series of global Summits, including the Climate Action Summit. In response, UNCTAD used the momentum to  launch the 2019 edition of the Trade and Development Report (TDR) which analyses the new deal from a financing perspective, identifies constraints and outlines innovative financing options. 

  • Climate Finance
Maria Jose Romero

Business, business and business - is this the new mantra for EU development cooperation?

As the promised leveraging effects of blended finance fail to materialise, the European Union is increasingly focussing on the policy environment in partner countries, based on an assumption that the problem must lie there. 

  • Development Finance
Maria Jose Romero

EU development finance can play a stronger and better role, say CSOs

Over the last few decades, the European financial architecture for development has changed significantly. Development finance is currently a central piece in the EU's development policy toolbox but with scarce resources available, a serious assessment is needed.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance