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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.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. Photo: DIRCO. CC BY-ND 2.0

Cooperation with European characteristics? Lessons from China for the EU–Africa summit

Political and financial lessons for Europe from China in relation to working with African countries
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Public finance and service delivery working paper series

Past 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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China in the multilateral development banks: evolving strategies of a new power

China's role in the multilateral development banks

This webinar explores China's engagement across the multilateral development banks.
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Multilateral development banks: optimising the balance sheet

This webinar explores how multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, can increase lending to support the Covid-19 recovery.
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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. What prospects for aid in 2022 (and beyond)?

  2. Financing the future of multilateralism: lessons from the WHO for reforming the UN


  3. Country platforms for climate action: something borrowed, something new?

    Emerging analysis

  4. Capital markets for cities

    Working papers

  5. Five issues for the EBRD to consider in its expansion to sub-Saharan Africa

  6. Digitalisation of property taxation in developing countries: Recent advances and remaining challenges

    Research reports

  7. The tricky business of implementing the UK’s new international development strategy

  8. More action is required to lower the costs of remittances through mobile money

  9. Financing primary healthcare: putting people at the centre


  10. “Country platforms” for bold climate action?

  11. Development finance institutions stepped up in times of crisis, but must now step out of their comfort zone

  12. Country perspectives on multilateral development banks: a survey analysis

    Research reports

  13. The future of France-Africa relations: lessons from France’s engagement with Africa under Macron and recommendations for the incoming President of France


  14. Financing and operations of multilateral development banks: a clients’ perspective


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

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. What will the Ukraine conflict mean for multilateral development finance?


  17. Informal transfers in low- and middle-income countries: for whom, how much and with what effect?

    Working papers

  18. Cooperation with European characteristics? Lessons from China for the EU–Africa summit

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