Development Finance

Business Accountability FOR Development: Mapping business liability mechanisms and donor engagement with private sector in development

How can we ensure that business – in particular multinational enterprises (MNEs) – really contribute to development in the countries where they operate? How can responsibility of their actions be granted against development impacts? How to keep them accountable for spending public money? These seem quite immediate questions. However, they still need to be answered.

  • Financial Sector Rules
  • CPDE
  • TUD-TUDCN

The State of Finance for Developing Countries 2014

This report provides the most comprehensive review of the quantity of different financing sources available to developing countries, and how they have changed over the past decade.

  • Aid Effectiveness
Mathieu Vervynckt

Going Offshore: How development finance institutions support companies using the world’s most secretive financial centres

Developing countries lose billions of dollars every year through tax avoidance and evasion. Tax havens play a pivotal role in this by providing low or no taxation and by promising secrecy, allowing businesses to dodge taxes and remain largely unaccountable for their actions.

  • Development Finance
Maria Jose Romero

Private finance for development unravelled

This report assesses the portfolios of six of the largest multilateral and bilateral Development Finance Institutions (DFI) that are providing support to private investments in developing countries, highlighting the main features of DFI operations, as well as their potential strengths and weaknesses

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
Jeroen Kwakkenbos

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation struggles to find relevance

The first High Level Ministerial (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) ended on 16 April in Mexico City with mixed messages and a glut of new voluntary initiatives.

  • Development Finance
Konstantinos Todoulos

Conditionally yours: An analysis of the policy conditions attached to IMF loans

Loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) largely come with policy change conditions attached – conditions that the IMF has played a significant role in developing. This analysis confirms the findings of other research, which shows that the IMF uses its significant influence to promote controversial austerity and liberalisation measures, with potentially severe impacts on the poorest people around the globe.

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs
Maria Jose Romero

A dangerous blend? The EU’s agenda to ‘blend’ public development finance with private finance

The EU’s blending agenda is supported by a narrative that focuses on bringing the private sector to the centre of its development strategies. However, it is also a convenient excuse for donors to give less ODA. In this report, we examine EU blending mechanisms in the context of a broader EU blending agenda.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance

Why the World Bank must do better at Doing Business

On the eve of the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2014, civil society organisations call on the World Bank to implement the major recommendations delivered by an independent panel in June, which included ending the ranking of countries according to an “Ease of Doing Business” index and permanently removing the report’s controversial tax and labour indicators.

  • Development Finance
Marta Ruiz

Approaches and Impact: IFIs Tax Policy in Developing Countries

A joint report by Eurodad and ActionAid

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs
Nora Honkaniemi

Conditionality in World Bank crisis-lending to Ghana

With a fifty year history of involvement in key sectors of Ghana’s economy, the World Bank continues to maintain an influential position in the country.

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs