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Reforming multilateral development banks

Explore our commentary, analysis and events on how multilateral development banks (MDBs) need reforming to meet the global challenges of today.

World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings 2023

ODI at the Annual Meetings: Maximising the developmental value of MDB callable capital

ODI at the Annual Meetings: This workshop highlights the preliminary research findings of an ODI-led project on MDB callable capital, which is being conducted in collaboration with the MDB Challenge Fund.
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MDB Leaders' Series

In this event series, multilateral development bank leaders share their experiences and visions for reform.

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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More insights and research on the role of multilateral development banks in the world today.

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  1. What is missing from the World Bank’s Evolution Roadmap? Six priorities for management and shareholders

  2. Development narratives in a post-aid era: Reflections on implications for the global effectiveness agenda

    Working papers

  3. Making the best use of MDBs’ $2 trillion in callable capital

  4. AfDB’s new Room2Run highlights opportunities and questions about MDB risk transfer

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

    Working papers

  6. What’s the state of play on Just Energy Transition Partnerships?

  7. Multilateral development banks need a bolder vision and urgent reform to tackle the climate crisis

  8. Providing climate finance in the context of a looming debt crisis

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

  10. What’s next for the multilateral development banks in the face of the climate crisis?

  11. Trends and disruptors in multilateral finance: looking ahead with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


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

  13. The crises we choose

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

    Working papers

  15. Think Change episode 12: do we need a new Bretton Woods agreement for the post-Covid era?

  16. Independent think tank leaders issue call to action for MDB reform

    Press Release

  17. Statement: Annual Meetings 2022 – MDBs can do much more to help solve the global economic and climate crises

    Press Release

  18. Devex Opinion: World Bank and MDBs must show proactive climate leadership

  19. Reforming capital adequacy at MDBs: How to prudently unlock more financial resources to face the world’s development challenges

  20. Governance of multilateral development banks: Options for reform

    Research reports