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Development and Public Finance

What we do

Research and advisory work on how governing bodies can best use their scarce resources to support prosperous and fairer societies.

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Multilateral finance in the face of global crisis

An assessment of the multilateral response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Why we need new research on public finance and service delivery

Upcoming events

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Launching the TaxDev employment income taxes dataset: new insights from Africa

This webinar launches a new dataset to help policy-makers understand how employment income is taxed in low- and middle-income countries, and how this has evolved over time.
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How we work

  • Strengthening macroeconomic stability

    Supporting policy-makers, national governments and other stakeholders to make informed decisions on quality investments and strengthening institutions, while championing mechanisms to more effectively manage debt and avoid debt distress.

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  • Efficient and equitable public services

    Bringing together different communities and knowledge to improve understanding of appropriate public finance to support service delivery, and supporting policy-makers in the design and implementation of public finance policies.

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  • Building more capable bureaucracies

    Promoting sound public financial management, supporting countries’ finance ministries and reflecting on ODI’s own technical advisory work.

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  • More effective tax systems

    Understanding the ways in which governments can mobilise domestic resources in more sustainable and equitable ways, exploring the linkages between taxation and inclusive growth, and supporting the creation of evidence-based, inclusive tax policy-making processes.

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  • Using public funds to mobilise private capital

    Understanding the potential and limitations of blended finance, and supporting the development of more effective blended finance approaches, while also assessing the role and development of national development banks.

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  • Making international public finance more effective

    Building understanding of how to maximise the impact of international public finance and to reform its architecture

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Public finance and development round-ups

Latest work

  1. Employment income tax in Africa: findings from a new dataset

    Working papers

  2. Launching the TaxDev employment income taxes dataset: new insights from Africa


  3. Now is the time to support the replenishment of the African Development Fund

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Public finance and development: top things to read in November

  5. The evolution of China’s lending practices on the Belt and Road


  6. To merge or not to merge? Lessons for Germany from Global Britain

  7. Virtual roundtable 'A Changing Landscape: Trends in Official Financial Flows and the Aid Architecture – A World Bank Report' summary


  8. International corporate tax reforms: what could the OECD deal mean for lower-income countries?

    Working papers

  9. Digital Public Infrastructure, Platforms and Public Finance

  10. Where can development finance institutions invest to have the most impact?


  11. Financing the 2030 Agenda: an SDG alignment framework for Public Development Banks

    Working papers

  12. Is France the new development leader on the European block?

  13. Are we there yet? Localisation as the journey towards locally led practice

    Research reports

  14. How to strengthen the IMF’s effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected states

  15. Multilateral finance in the face of global crisis

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. What MDBs (and their shareholders) can do for vaccine equity

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. China's role in the multilateral development banks


  18. The deeper questions about China and the multilateral banks underneath the Doing Business controversy

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