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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.

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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MDB Insights

Regular updates from the world of development finance, including the latest on the MDB reform agenda.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

  8. The crises we choose

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

    Working papers

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

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

    Press Release

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

    Press Release

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

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

  15. Governance of multilateral development banks: Options for reform

    Research reports

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

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


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

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

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