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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

Past events


BudgetByte #2: can agile procurement and digital transformation improve spending outcomes?

This webinar explores the relationship between agile procurement and digital transformation as levers for delivering on government priorities and better public spending outcomes.
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Navigating the poly-crisis: 2023 ODI Public Finance Conference

This conference examines the trade-offs facing finance ministries as they navigate the 'poly-crisis', drawing on the latest research and international experiences.
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The unintended effects of foreign aid: Should donors avoid, accept or act on them?

This webinar explores the range of unintended effects that can arise in aid relations and initiatives, and provides advice on how donors might tackle them.
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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. Why aren’t we there yet? Understanding and addressing donor barriers to localisation in climate adaptation

    Working papers

  2. Political economy and (in)coherence of the education system in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

    Working papers

  3. Donors In A Post-Aid World – January 2024 update


  4. The legal underpinnings of MDB callable capital: implications and policy options

    Working papers

  5. Localising aid: why aren't we there yet?


  6. BudgetByte #3: Can governments make digital payments to citizens 'smarter'?


  7. What do we know about health spending in sub-Saharan Africa?


  8. Digital public finance: top trends in November 2023


  9. Communicating taxes: a review of the literature

    Literature reviews

  10. Hedging belts, de-risking roads: Sinosure in China’s overseas finance and the evolving international response

    Research reports

  11. What should COP28 urge from multilateral development banks and their shareholders?


  12. Fiscal gimmickry is no way to manage the aid budget


  13. Public finance and development – November 2023 round-up


  14. Three talking points from the 2023 ODI Public Finance Conference


  15. Case studies of subnational financial intermediaries in Africa

    Case/country studies

  16. Finding common ground for financing multilateral institutions: assessing options for mobilising core finance


  17. Navigating core funding frontiers: Assessing options for mobilising flexible multilateral financing

    Working papers

  18. BudgetByte #2: What did we learn from our second Hub webinar?


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