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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.

Public finance and service delivery working paper series

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Budgets and Bytes: how can digital improve public spending?

This event explores the potential of digitalisation to reshape how governments manage their public finances to be more responsive to contemporary challenges and expectations.
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Priorities and challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean: a panel discussion with IDB President Ilan Goldfajn

In this event, Inter-American Development Bank President Ilan Goldfajn leads a panel discussion outlining the bank’s priorities as well as his vision for the IDB’s role in MDB reform.
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Trends and disruptors in multilateral finance: looking ahead with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

This webinar explores the achievements and challenges of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – the newest multilateral development bank – and its future positioning.
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Digital Public Finance Hub

Our team

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. Symposium and evening event: Multilateral development banks in the 21st century


  2. Welcome to the Digital Public Finance Hub

  3. Digital Public Finance Hub


  4. Making public finance digital: Challenges to the emerging digital public financial management paradigm

    Working papers

  5. Digital public financial management: An emerging paradigm

    Working papers

  6. Investment for development: The UK’s strategy towards development finance institutions


  7. Public finance and development: top reads in March 2023

  8. Using real-time indicators for economic decision making


  9. More than meets the eye? Assessing MDBs’ contribution to tackling global challenges

  10. Financing social assistance in lower-income countries post-Covid-19: An exploration of realistic options

    Working papers

  11. International Organizations and Differentiated Universality: Reinvigorating Assessed Contributions in United Nations Funding

    Journal issue/article

  12. Priorities and challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean: a panel discussion with IDB President Ilan Goldfajn


  13. At a glance: Two decades of Employment Income Tax in Africa


  14. Shine a (night)light: decentralisation and economic development in Burkina Faso

    Working papers

  15. Public finance and development: top reads in the new year

  16. Devex Opinion: How DFIs could do billions more with their money

  17. Tapping the potential of borrower-led multilateral development banks

    Working papers

  18. Do ministers matter for audit performance? Evidence from cabinet appointments during South Africa’s ‘State of Capture’

    Working papers

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