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CLIMATE CHANGE AND SME FINANCE AT THE IDB

Devex recently published an article on the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank in the Bahamas, where climate change and SME financing were at the top of the agenda. Recognizing the severe threat that Climate Changes poses to the region, the IDB has agreed...

Partnership financing catalyses capital for African countries

The Huffington Post reports on the role of a public-private partnership partnership between USAID and Ecobank, one of the largest pan-African banks. Whilst partnership has become a bit of a development financing buzz word of late, USAID's approach is certainly not new - they have been providing...

Development finance: why less cash is better

NextBillion, the online news site for all things related to development financing, posted an interesting read this week about the benefits of digital transfers over cash. Whilst the benefits of digital innovation in financial products have long been touted as a means to reduce poverty...

Impact Investing & Development

The Huffington Post reported this week on the potential role of impact investing in Development. With an estimated $200 trillion financing gap for Development initiatives, it's understandable that new financial tools, like impact investment, are being sought alongside traditional forms of  development finance such as state and...

Different business models, same issue.

With our headlines dominated this week by the risks posed by the Zika virus and warnings of it spreading across Latin America, its easy to underestimate the impact of another mosquito borne virus - malaria. But with an estimated 438,000 malaria related deaths in 2015 alone, the disease...

Reviewing the World Bank’s lending strategy

Devex, a media site for Development professionals, recently published an article reflecting upon the success to date of the World Bank's recent increase in lending. The lending increase, aims to support the World Bank to achieve its goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and addressing inequality...

Sustainable Development Summit and Climate Week NYC

New York has had a busy week. The last few days saw the city play host to the annual UN general assembly and Sustainable Development Summit as well as Climate Week NYC. At the UN the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally agreed by global leaders. The 17 goals lay out...

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

With the UN Summit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) nearing, questions had been raised about how best to finance the new goals. Following a development financing summit in Addis Ababa in July of this year, key financing approaches were agreed - one of which...

The Gates Foundation and the ‘last mile’

All Africa, a news website which reports across Africa, recently published an interview with Dr Ayo Ajayi of the Gates Foundation.  Ajayi, who heads up the Africa team at the Gates Foundation, outlined the Foundation's changing focus in it's work in Africa which now emphasises the importance of...

Financial innovation in international development

Nesta, the UK innovation charity, published an interesting piece last week on the potential challenges facing financial innovation in development. They highlight five key channels including the risk of 'incrementalism', for example that innovation is not transformative to development but rather works within 'existing assumptions and operating models'. Three...