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Issues and Challenges in Mobilizing African Diaspora Investment

The costs of financing African development, including infrastructure and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, are escalating, intensifying the quest for new innovative sources of financing to meet these costs and close existing financi…

Financing Ethiopia’s Development: Confronting the Gap between Ambition and Means

Ethiopia set out – and in large measure achieved – a very ambitious program of economic and social development under its Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-I). The scale of public sector involvement was very large: for the five-year Plan period, it…

Infrastructure and Impacts: Strengthening Environmental and Social Safeguards

Growing awareness of the negative environmental and social (E&S) externalities of large infrastructure projects has driven sustainability considerations to the top of infrastructure financing debates in developing countries. While many external fina…

Improving Infrastructure Finance for Low-Income Countries: Recommendations for the ADF

Low-income countries (LICs) in subSaharan Africa face a substantial infrastructure-financing gap. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have traditionally played an important role in mobilising finance for infrastructure in LICs, but their funding a…

Borrowing Charter: Principles and Guidelines on Sovereign Financial Borrowing for Sub-Sahara African countries

"This borrowing charter contains principles and guidelines on sovereign financial borrowing. It seeks to guide and inform sovereign states borrowing so as to improve the current weak administrative, institutional and legal procedures for loan contra…

Rethinking Development Finance: Towards a New “possible trinity” for Growth?

Development finance is an issue that typically concerns developing countries. This is where numerous, grave socio-economic problems persist, including – and not among the least – the need for stable development finance in higher quantity and of hig…

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2018

In Chapter 1, African leaders describe initiatives to help the continent harness its potential to secure its future. African institutions—particularly the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank…

Taxation As a Domestic Resource Mobilisation Tool for Financing Development in Sub Saharan Africa

"The global financial crisis exposed the vulnerability of developing countries for their reliance on foreign aid resources for their development agenda. The crisis resulted in the dwindling of resources for the countries advancing aid and subsequent…

Tackling South Africa's Infrastructure Deficit: The Role of Development Finance Institutions

Infrastructure development is widely considered to be pivotal to South Africa’s economic recovery plan and growth prospects. Yet infrastructure spending at all levels of government has been declining in recent years in the face of a steady rise in p…

The Role of Official Development Assistance in Realizing Agenda 2063

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) reaffirmed official development assistance (ODA) commitments contained in both the Monterrey Consensus and the DOHA declaration on Financing for Development, including the commitment by many developed countries t…

Africa's COVID-19 Recovery Challenge: How the G20 can Bridge the Development Financing Gap

Having been pummelled by the effects of COVID-19, developed and developing countries are pursuing strategies to accelerate their recovery process and to bolster their health systems and economies against future crises. However, significant fiscal co…

Exploring Pooled Finance for South Africa

In response to the need for local authorities to have access to/receive resources that match their responsibilities, there has been a concerted effort to support the development of new local government (LG) financial tools and deepen financial innov…

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2022

In Chapter 1, our authors share reasons for confidence in Africa’s economic recovery and offer strategies for boosting financing to protect and enhance the economic gains of recent decades. Much of Africa’s economic recovery hinges on the world’s ab…

Taxing the Informal Economy is not a Silver Bullet for Financing Development - or the COVID-19 Recovery

Taxing the informal economy neither guarantees substantial new revenue nor a fairer tax system. Instead, it risks increasing the burden on some of the most vulnerable groups. In the middle of an economic crisis, this would serve to reinforce deeply …

South Africans Endorse Self-Reliant Development but Question Free Trade and Loan Conditionalities

On the international stage, South Africa is often viewed as the gateway to Africa. The country is a relatively stable democracy with a sophisticated financial services industry that attracts global investment, making it an economic powerhouse in the…

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