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by Maria Jose Romero and Xavier Sol (Counter Balance) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has become one of the giants of the financing landscape – its lending was 77.5bn EUR in 2015 – and yet it remains highly unaccountable and opaque. Civil society ...

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TOSSD overboard? Will this new acronym spell the end of development aid targets?

Jeroen Kwakkenbos, Jesse Griffiths

02 Oct 2015 10:17:21

The rich country think tank – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – is embarking on a major change to the way that financial flows between rich and poor countries are assessed, which could have major implications for aid, global public goods and private investment. A new way of measuring development finance At the moment, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) measures Official Development Assistance (ODA – or ‘aid’) pretty well. Their statistics are the basis for assessing how many developed countries have met the long-standing target of giving 0.7% of gross national income as aid.  Now, the DAC has set its ambitions much higher. The acronym they’ve chosen is not very sexy – they want to measure ‘total official support for development’ ...
This article was originally published in GREAT Insights Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 5. August/September 2015. Policy debates on development finance have been dominated by how to ‘leverage’ international private capital flows for development projects, ...

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Assessing the performance of Development Finance Institutions

Mathieu Vervynckt

01 Jul 2015 10:57:27

Delivering development results is the mandated raison d’être of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs). Without these results, DFIs have no reason to exist as they might as well be replicating the work of commercial institutions. As a result, it won’t surprise anyone that DFIs are facing constant pressure by governments, tax payers, civil society organisations and the communities where they work to demonstrate their achievements in reducing poverty and inequality. But this has proven to be easier said than done.  Monitoring and evaluation Effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems incorporated into DFI projects allow them to identify what changes – especially benefits – have been achieved either directly or indirectly through their activities and investments, and to ...

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Financing for development or for private interests?

Mathieu Vervynckt

13 May 2015 10:32:54

This blog was first published in Dutch on Vice Versa Magazine How can investments in and for the private sector contribute to development cooperation? This is more or less the key question on the agenda during the current Financing for Development (FfD) negotiations in New York. According to the European Union (EU), the answer lies with the risky use of public resources as a catalyst for private investment. However, this outsourcing of development cooperation to the private sector is accompanied by a serious lack of evidence about the real development impact, transparency, accountability and developing country ownership.   In a way, you have to give the EU credit. By means of a well thought-through communication strategy, the EU has managed to place private finance at the heart of the ...
First published in The Guardian gu.com/p/47k6g/stw. No one said the fight for a better global financial system would be easy. Last week’s negotiations in the UN’s financing for development (FfD) process, which will lead to a high-level conference ...

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European Parliament must tackle serious concerns following flawed workshop on private sector in development

Mathieu Vervynckt

13 Mar 2015 11:54:28

On 5 March, I attended a workshop organised by the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Development. It was part of the preparation process for a forthcoming report on the role of the private sector in fostering sustainable development that will be published ahead of the pivotal Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa. Chaired by the report’s rapporteur, MEP Nirj Deva, and attended by Eurodad and many other civil society organisations (CSOs), the workshop had the potential to offer an opportunity for discussion about the benefits and challenges of engaging the private sector in development cooperation. However, in practice it turned out to be an opinionated discussion that looked mostly at the rewards of private finance, but turned a blind eye towards its problems. The workshop ...