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The African Development Bank as a catalyst for reforming global financial architecture

Unfair systems are increasing African debt. Will the African Development Bank (and other IFIs) take the opportunity to catalyse meaningful change in the global financial architecture?

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We work closely with partners at global, regional, national and local levels to ensure data-driven evidence and analysis are used effectively in policy and practice. We undertake an exciting portfolio of grant-funded work as well as providing consultancy services.

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23 April 2024

Do we need a common definition of climate finance? It depends who you ask

The diversity of climate finance definitions makes it difficult to know how much donors have truly spent, undermining accountability. As parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopt a New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance in 2024, they must agree on what should count towards it.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

22 April 2024

The conundrum of climate financing: Where is the money?

How can we ensure impactful climate action, mobilising greater funding for low-income and climate vulnerable economies, without compromising pathways for prosperity?

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Delivery, Quality & Impact Lead

18 April 2024

Japan and the US offset EU aid squeeze in 2023, but the outlook on aid is poor

New data shows an overall increase in aid in 2023, notably from Japan and the US, but forthcoming cuts from Germany and France may be a sign of worse to come.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

12 April 2024

New aid data highlights ongoing global challenges

New data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that aid to Ukraine and other humanitarian crises remained high in 2023, while support for countries facing long-term challenges, despite a small upturn, continued to lag.

18 March 2024

Global development and mental health. What are we missing? Episode 6

Globally, over a billion people live with a mental disorder. But good data on mental health is often lacking. What can be done to plug this key information gap?

7 March 2024

Women’s rights in Afghanistan. What are we missing? Episode 5

Since returning to power in 2021, the Taliban have created the world’s most serious women’s rights crisis. What are we missing about the situation today? And what does the future hold?

4 March 2024

Education in emergencies. What are we missing? Episode 4

In northeastern Nigeria, 2.8 million children need support for their education. What are we missing about access to education in emergencies, and how can the world more effectively support the children most in need? 

19 February 2024

The good news on global development. What are we missing? Episode 3

Reflecting on the Covid pandemic, global economic crises and numerous conflicts, we ask our guests Charles Kenny and Anna Rosling Rönnlund why they're optimistic about global development in 2024

12 February 2024

The Syrian refugee crisis in Türkiye. What are we missing? Episode 2

Türkiye hosts around 3.6 million Syrian refugees. They face many challenges, exacerbated by powerful 2023 earthquakes. What is the situation today? What support is needed? And what might the future hold?

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