Investments to End Poverty

The role of blended finance in the 2030 Agenda: setting out an analytical approach

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The potential role of blended finance – the use of public-sector funds to mobilise private investments for the financing of development projects – has gained increasing interest and recognition from international policy dialogues and recent UN agreements. This includes the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Donors are already pledging to scale up their efforts to […]


Five reasons why ending poverty will be tougher than halving it has been

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In late September, the UN General Assembly ratified the Sustainable Development Goals. These are a new set of global goals established to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which were brought in by world leaders 15 years ago to drive an agenda of poverty reduction across the world. The Millennium Development Goals were a success, helping to […]


Targeting aid to reach the poorest people: LDC aid trends and targets

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Overview ‘Least developed countries’  (LDCs) is a group of currently 48 countries recognised by the UN. Their status is based on a combination of low income per capita – central to the income groups often used in aid debates – and assessments of low human assets and economic vulnerability. Remarkable development progress was seen between […]


Power versus poverty: what should be the G20’s contribution to poverty eradication?

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That being the case, we would have expected financing for development to be a major agenda item at the Brisbane Summit, especially in the run up to the next year’s Financing for Development Conference in Addis. Instead, it appears that ‘strengthening development’ has been subsumed within the G20’s broader discussions under the following headings: Increasing […]


Extreme poverty

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MDG1a, to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, was met early The proportion of people living in extreme poverty (defined as living on less than $1.25 a day) fell from 43.5% of the population of developing countries in 1990 to 17.0% in 2011. By 2015 the number of people living in poverty […]


Official development assistance

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ODA has risen, but the proportion going to LDCs has recently dipped Total ODA rose since the mid-90s, but declined in 2011 in the wake of the international financial crisis.  However, ODA rose again to a new peak of just under $135billion in 2013. ODA to LDCs grew faster than total ODA for most years […]


International resources

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International resource flows have grown rapidly to developing countries International resource flows doubled from 2000 to 2012, rising to US$2.1 trillion across all developing countries. Much of this growth has been driven by rising FDI, lending and remittances. However, many of these flows are concentrated in just a few developing countries Resources are concentrated in […]


Humanitarian assistance

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Despite growth, humanitarian assistance is not meeting increasing need Humanitarian assistance refers to financial resources focused on responding to emergencies and governed by the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. While a proportion of humanitarian assistance is ODA, international humanitarian assistance also includes funding by development assistance providers outside the OECD DAC, as […]


Domestic public resources

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Government resources are growing in many developing countries Government spending in developing countries grew from US$2.4 trillion in 2000 to US$6.4 trillion in 2012 – average growth of 8.6% a year. While China alone accounted for 40% of this growth, more than half of all developing countries experienced annual growth in public spending of 5% […]