Development Finance

How international financial institutions and donors influence economic policies in developing countries

This briefing analyses compliance with the ownership principle by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group and the European Commission (EC).

  • Development Finance

The responsible finance standards of multilateral institutions: state of play

Eurodad’s report The state of finance for developing countries 2014 showed that developing countries continue to lose significantly more financial resources than they gain due to failings in the international economic and monetary system. In addition, as Eurodad’s report setting out key challenges for policy makers in advance of last year’s UN summit on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa argued, the quality of the financing that developing countries receive also needs improvement.

  • Development Finance
  • Debt Sustainability

Official Flows: basic principles for transparent measurement and reporting by providers

Increasing transparency of reporting by the providers of cross border official finance (‘official flows’) can help increase the accountability of those providers to their citizens and those recipients to whom they have made promises.

  • Aid Effectiveness
  • Aid Quantity

Highway to hell: European money fuelling controversial infrastructure projects

Providing an in-depth analysis of two major infrastructure projects in the Veneto region in Italy, Re:Common and Counter Balance's report focuses on the corruption and state capture issues related to them. Both the Passante di Mestre and the Mose projects have become enmeshed in one of the biggest corruption scandals in Italian history, leading to the arrests of politicians, businessmen and public officials. We refer here to this scandal of systemic corruption as the “Veneto system”.

  • Development Finance
  • Re:Common
  • Counter Balance

What a way to make a living: using industrial policy to create more and better jobs

TTIP-style trade deals could undermine workers’ rights and force people in poor countries into low pay, low skill jobs, according to a new report from ActionAid.

  • Development Finance
  • ActionAid

Dredging in the dark: An analysis of the Dutch dredging industry’s failure to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse impacts in dredging

Two Dutch dredging companies and the Dutch government played a major role in the recent effort to widen and deepen the Suez Canal.

  • Development Finance
  • Both ENDS
  • SOMO

Glass Half Full? The state of accountability in development finance

This report documents the hurdles communities and workers face in obtaining remedy from development banks whose projects cause them harm.

  • Development Finance
  • SOMO

Diversify and conquer: transforming Bangladesh into an industrialised country

ActionAid’s policy report Diversify and Conquer discusses what Bangladesh’s government needs to do to create decent jobs for the country’s workers so they have better employment alternatives to jobs in garment factories, where they are poorly paid and badly treated. Opening this path to a brighter future requires transforming the economy by investing in manufacturing sectors that bring in more money for the country, like engineering and electronics.

  • Development Finance
  • ActionAid

Business development for poverty reduction

It is widely recognised that having productive employment is a key dimension of human wellbeing. One of the most important functions of such employment is that it generates income that may be used for vital necessities such as food, shelter and health services and hence be instrumental in poverty reduction. However, for most people there is also an intrinsic value of being productive and an associated strain of being idle and unemployed.

  • Development Finance
  • Norwegian Church Aid
Mathieu Vervynckt

An assessment of transparency and accountability mechanisms at the European Investment Bank and the International Finance Corporation

Development finance has changed substantially over the past decade. Private finance has replaced aid at the centre of global and national development initiatives, for both governments and international bodies.

  • Financial Sector Rules