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Building back better requires supportive international finance

Last month, hurricanes Maria and Irma laid waste to the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin and many more. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of…  


The pros and cons of ethical debt instruments

In May, the World Bank issued the world’s first bond linked explicitly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Labelling them “SDG bonds”, the bank raised 163 million euros from institutional…  


From ‘Spice Isle’ to ‘blue innovation’ hub: Grenada’s vision for the future

The Caribbean country of Grenada, known by many as ‘Spice Isle’ for its production of nutmeg, cloves and other exotic spices is now setting its sights on being known as a world leader for innovation…  


Financing development through better domestic resource mobilization

Over the last 15 years, developing countries have increased domestic revenues by on average 14% annually. The domestic revenues of developing economies amounted to USD 7.7 trillion in 2012; that’s USD…  


Financing the SDGs in the Pacific: Maximizing new opportunities

Pacific island countries such as Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are among the countries most vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change. Just last year, Cyclone Pam ripped through Vanuatu…  


The Addis Ababa Action Agenda: A step forward on financing for development?

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda lays out the steps the international community promises to take to fund the world’s new sustainable development agenda – to be agreed in New York in September.


How to finance the Post-2015 Development Agenda?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are much more ambitious than their predecessor. Much more financing – public and private, domestic and external – will clearly need to be…  


How will small island states finance our ambitious Sustainable Development Goals?

“Our development has been wiped out,” said Vanuatu’s President as Cyclone Pam laid waste to pretty much the entire South Pacific nation. With major shocks such as these so common, how can small states…  


Data is key to successfully implementing the SDGs

We have unprecedented data at our fingertips, yet a complete and accurate picture of international financial flows is currently difficult, if not impossible.

In this blog series, our…  


Development aid: where to next?

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