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

    Working papers

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

  3. Uneven floors: targeting categorical transfers for poverty and inequality reductions

    Working papers

  4. Next Cooperation. Rapporto 2021 sul futuro delle politiche di cooperazione allo sviluppo.

    Book/book chapter

  5. What the privatisation of vaccine innovation tells us about Global Britain

  6. Fixing UN financing: a Pandora’s box the World Health Organization should open

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. The TaxDev employment income taxes dataset and technical guide


  8. Employment income tax in Africa: findings from a new dataset

    Working papers

  9. Launching the TaxDev employment income taxes dataset: new insights from Africa


  10. Now is the time to support the replenishment of the African Development Fund

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Public finance and development: top things to read in November

  12. The evolution of China’s lending practices on the Belt and Road


  13. To merge or not to merge? Lessons for Germany from Global Britain

  14. Virtual roundtable 'A Changing Landscape: Trends in Official Financial Flows and the Aid Architecture – A World Bank Report' summary


  15. International corporate tax reforms: what could the OECD deal mean for lower-income countries?

    Working papers

  16. Digital Public Infrastructure, Platforms and Public Finance

  17. Where can development finance institutions invest to have the most impact?


  18. Financing the 2030 Agenda: an SDG alignment framework for Public Development Banks

    Working papers

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