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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

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

This is the third event in the BudgetByte webinar series from ODI’s Digital Public Finance Hub that explores government capabilities to bring public finance into the digital era. The aim of the webinar is to consider the possibilities of 'smarter' payments systems to improve spending outcomes.
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Localising aid: why aren't we there yet?

This will be the second instalment in ODI's "Donors in a post-aid world" webinar series, which aims to foster dialogue based on multi-faceted evidence and inform pathways for the transformation of the Northern donor ecosystem.
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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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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. Drivers of (in)coherence in the delivery of education in northeast Nigeria

    Working paper

  2. Trillions or billions? Reassessing the potential for European institutional investment in emerging markets and developing economies

    Working paper

  3. Digital Public Finance - top trends in March and April 2024

    Insight

  4. Think Change episode 46: how can we make development finance work for everyone?

    Podcast

  5. Will early blooms bear fruit? Key takeaways from the 2024 World Bank Spring Meetings

    Expert comment

  6. Sustaining escapes from ultra-poverty: A mixed methods assessment of layered interventions in coastal Bangladesh

    Working paper

  7. Poverty and wellbeing before and during Covid-19 in Cambodia: An assessment of trends and correlates

    Working paper

  8. How callable capital can be used to grow MDB lending capacity

    Expert comment

  9. On lipstick, social media and the performativity of UK aid

    Expert comment

  10. Bring in the Bondholders: inside the Argentinian debt crisis with Greg Makoff

    Event

  11. BudgetByte #4 – Can innovative EMIS platforms improve education spending?

    Event

  12. Backstopping multilateral development banks: the fiscal context of callable capital for shareholder governments

    Working paper

  13. MDB Insights: 2024 Spring Meetings previewed

    Insight

  14. Maximising the developmental impact of MDB callable capital: project findings and path forward

    Working paper

  15. Enhancing multilateral development bank resilience and lending capacity: crisis management, recovery planning and improving loss-absorbing capacity

    Working paper

  16. The technology architecture for the future of public finance

    Event

  17. Think Change episode 44: tackling debt, transforming economies - why is the IDA replenishment so urgent?

    Podcast

  18. Public finance and development – March 2024 round-up

    Expert comment

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