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Samantha is a Senior Research Fellow and development finance specialist with a particular interest in innovative and blended finance, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and National Development Banks (NDBs). She is leading ODI’s research in these areas and has extensive technical understanding and knowledge in the use of development funds to de-risk private investment to mobilise private finance; as well as the operations of DFIs, NDBs and the impact of their investment.

Before joining ODI, she headed up the Commonwealth’s Financing for Development (FFD) policy research, development and advocacy work and has written extensively on these issues for the Commonwealth. She also had policy and managerial responsibility for meetings of Commonwealth Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers and the Commonwealth’s engagement with the G20. Prior to this she was Deputy Director of Sovereign Debt Management and Capital Market Development consultancy at Crown Agents delivering technical assistance in sovereign debt, capital market development, economic and public financial management. Samantha has a Masters in Development Economics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  1. Devex Opinion: How DFIs could do billions more with their money

  2. An exploration of bilateral development finance institutions’ business models

    Working papers

  3. Maximising DFI impact in the era of climate change

  4. GFANZ: a watershed moment or a drop in the ocean of the Global South’s climate finance needs?

  5. Supporting the underdogs: African public development banks and the Finance in Common movement

  6. Weathering the storm: African public development banks’ response to Covid-19 and their recovery role

    Working papers

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

  8. Piloting and scaling up clean energy transitions: the role of development finance institutions

    Working papers

  9. Understanding the role of development finance institutions in promoting development: an assessment of three African countries

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

  11. CDC–ODI webinar series on development finance institutions and the Covid-19 crisis

    Meeting/conference reports

  12. The catalytic effects of DFI investment: gender equality, climate action and the harmonisation of impact standards

    Research reports

  13. Development finance institutions: the need for bold action to invest better

    Research reports

  14. Four views on how development finance institutions must invest better

  15. Financial performance and corporate governance: evidence from national development banks in Africa

    Research reports

  16. African development banks: an agenda for action

  17. Three ways development finance institutions can enhance investments in healthcare

  18. Investing in healthcare to save lives


  19. DFI health investments as a Covid-19 response: the need for more risk-taking and innovation

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Mobilising private development finance: implications for overall aid allocations

    Research reports

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