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Reforming multilateral development banks

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

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More than meets the eye? Assessing MDBs’ contribution to tackling global challenges

This insight piece provides a preliminary assessment of the contribution of multilateral development banks to tackling global challenges.
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  1. Statement: Annual Meetings 2022 – MDBs can do much more to help solve the global economic and climate crises

    Press Release

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

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

  4. Governance of multilateral development banks: Options for reform

    Research reports

  5. Why and how multilateral development banks should operate in middle-income countries

  6. Multilateral Development Banks’ Capital Adequacy Frameworks: options for reform?


  7. Higher lending, bigger impact: tackling global crises through multilateral development bank reform

  8. Five issues for the EBRD to consider in its expansion to sub-Saharan Africa

  9. Financing and operations of multilateral development banks: a clients’ perspective


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

  11. Future directions for the World Bank and the broader MDB system: some reflections

  12. Country perspectives on multilateral development banks: a survey analysis

    Research reports

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. China's role in the multilateral development banks


  15. Multilateral development banks: optimising the balance sheet


  16. What MDBs (and their shareholders) can do for vaccine equity

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. The deeper questions about China and the multilateral banks underneath the Doing Business controversy

  18. China in the multilateral development banks: evolving strategies of a new power

    Research reports

  19. G20 green lights commission to look at the linchpin of multilateral finance

  20. China and global development: 10 things to read in July