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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 #1: can standards for fiscal data exchange support better service delivery?

The first in ODI's new BudgetBytes webinar series, this event explores how standards for fiscal data exchange can support better service delivery.
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Income inequality, gender and the role of tax and transfers

This event presents the findings of ODI’s recent work on the role of tax and transfers in addressing income inequality across countries with different income levels.
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Masatsugu Asakawa

Multilateral development bank reform in a climate-changed world: a panel discussion with ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa

In this MDB Leaders' Series event, ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa will outline the bank’s priorities as well as his vision for its role in MDB reform.
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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. How bad is the fiscal squeeze?

  2. MDBs can drive transformative change – now the G20 must inject urgency and sustain its support

  3. Looking back, looking forward: Global South perspectives on the BRI


  4. The unintended effects of foreign aid: Should donors avoid, accept or act on them?


  5. Maximising the developmental value of MDB callable capital


  6. Development finance institutions must seize the opportunity at the Finance in Common Summit

  7. In Southern Africa, national budget trends are under debt distress

  8. Digital public finance: top trends in July 2023

  9. BudgetByte #1: What did we learn from our first Hub webinar?

  10. Unpacking the real value of data for public finance

  11. Digital public finance: top trends in June 2023

  12. Navigating the poly-crisis: 2023 ODI Public Finance Conference


  13. Climate-smart reform of multilateral development banks: priorities for the G20

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. BudgetByte #1: can standards for fiscal data exchange support better service delivery?


  15. Fiscal policy and gender income inequality: the role of taxes and social spending

    Research reports

  16. What is smart development power? Unpacking emergent strategies among four European donors

  17. Trends in development finance for gender: mapping risks and opportunities for funders

    Framing paper/Concept note

  18. Crafting development power: evolving European approaches in an age of polycrisis

    Research reports

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