Non-ODA development finance

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 […]


DI kicks off project on blended public−private finance for development

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Ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been agreed by UN member states, but there is a significant financing gap for developing countries aiming to meet these goals, estimated at trillions of US dollars annually. This gap is very unlikely to be filled by official development assistance (ODA). Many of the least developed countries (LDCs) will […]


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 […]


5 ways the post-2015 Financing Committee could change the world. (Seriously.)

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The Expert Financing Committee for post-2015 (ICESDF as it’s known) is nearly done with its task of setting out the strategic framework for sustainable development financing, and civil society gets its last chance to input to their report this week, via a stakeholder dialogue event in New York. As it stands, the report framework shows […]


Uganda’s budget: more aid through civil society and public sector

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The share of official development assistance (ODA) to Uganda going through multilateral organisations fell in 2012, while aid going through the public sector and civil society increased. ODA from multilaterals has gradually declined since 2006 when – partly because of debt relief – they accounted for almost 60% of the US$5.9 billion in ODA in […]


Uganda’s budget: aid stayed steady while budget support fell

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While overall official development assistance (ODA) levels have stayed relatively stable over recent years, the amount of aid given as budget support has gone from representing over 18% of total aid to around 5%. Aid flows to Uganda have been relatively stable since debt relief peaked at US$5.9 billion in 2006, ranging from  US$1.6 billion […]


The mix of development financing instruments for a country like Uganda

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On 10 July, Development Initiatives convened an ‘Africa Counts’ roundtable forum in Kampala, Uganda, to bring together stakeholders to discuss the mix of instruments that play a role in financing the development of Uganda. This aimed to create a realisation that all available resources need to be viewed holistically to better understand how they can […]


Aid accounts for a falling share of Uganda’s budget

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The proportion of Uganda’s budget funded by international development aid has fallen from around a third in 2009/10 to just under a fifth by 2014/15. In the past five years, official development assistance (ODA) support to the Uganda budget has declined steadily from 32.6% in 2009/10 to 19.2% in 2014/15. However, increased spending in the […]