Blog series: financing progress

As the deadline for deciding what will follow the Millennium Development Goals draws closer, debate is starting to focus more on how these goals might be implemented. In this Development Progress blog series, we ask a number of experts from different regions to shed light on the current landscape of development finance and explore what this might mean for financing post-2015 development goals.

What works in development finance

ODI Research Associate Jonathan Glennie invites experts to share their views on the current state of development finance, and explore different methods for financing development post-2015.

Tackling the ‘Middle-Income Country traps’

What challenges do middle-income countries face during the course of their development? In this blog, José Antonio Alonso takes a look at the role of international aid in middle-income countries.

Changing the mindset on aid

Will there always be a need for international public finance? Gail Hurley believes so, and outlines why and what form it might take in the future in this finacing progress blog.

Private development assistance: a glimpse of the landscape

Do assertions that ‘philanthropic giving across borders’ is now a major player in development financing really stand up to scrutiny? Development Initiatives’ Sarah Hénon takes a look at the evidence in the first blog of the second set in our financing progress series.

Development finance: Can it advance local ownership?

How can international development finance support localised development? Taking Palestine as an example, this blog looks at the ways in which local communities can take control of their own development, including through means such as community foundations. It also looks at the obstacles to local communities empowering themselves through development.

Can private sector finance support adaptation?

The ideal split between public and private sources of climate finance has been left deliberately ambiguous in the major meetings on the subject. In this blog, Saleemul Huq and Barry Smith argue that the promised $100bn should all come from public funds, rather than split with the private sector, and suggest how governance arrangements could be made most effective and legitimate.

Post-2015 infrastructure finance: The new debt threat?

The Monterrey Consensus called for mechanisms that promote fair burden-sharing and minimise moral hazard, but in this blog for our financing progress series Aldo Caliari reflects on how far we are from fulfilling this consensus and looks ahead to concerns relating to infrastructure debt post-2015

The role of international NGOs in Africa

Despite the 'Africa Rising' headlines the continent could be losing billions in illicit capital outflows. Oxfam's Pooven Moodley explores how civil society, and INGOs in particular, can improve the scope for ordinary citizens to truly benefit from Africa's resource boom.

Getting smart with aid

The OECD's Jon Lomøy looks at the characteristics of contemporary aid and suggests ways in which aid can best respond to the ever-changing landscape and best meet the needs of developing countries.

How can business drive meaningful poverty alleviation?

Andy Wales of SABMiller looks at the role business can play in achieving meaningful alleviation of poverty. He describes a programme put in place to help small business develop and how it can help the owners overcome the barriers they face in escaping poverty.

DFID’s new aid strategy – the big silence

Tony Killick OBE takes a look at how development policy in the UK has transformed over the past few years, from a focus on 'MDG type concerns' to a policy driven by the pursuit of growth. He argues that there should be a stronger public and intellectual discussion of this transformation, and poses a series of questions that he believes should be asked of DFID.

Development at the crossroads: reflections from the Arab Region

Kishan Khoday takes a look at development finance in the Arab region in the run up to 2015. Aid from the Arab region has been expanding in recent years - combined with the social changes taking place in the region, and the fact that the region still receives significant amounts of aid as well, this makes for a complex and changing development finance landscape.

Domestic resources and better governance

How can the post-2015 development finance agenda deliver for citizens in developing countries? Tom Fry and Salome Zuriel write for our financing progress series about domestic resource mobilisation in Africa, looking at how it is becoming a priority for African governments and the ways in which it can make a strong contribution to meeting the needs and matching the priorities of African citizens.

Asia must mind the gaps to secure its future

In the latest blog in our financing progress series Stephen P. Groff reflects on the 'Jekyll and Hyde' issue of the Asia and Pacific region as it simultaneously demonstrates one of the greatest economic transformations in history, whilst also being home to 60% of the world's extremely poor.

Our ambitious goals require a new model of development

Continuing our financing progress blog series, USAID's Alex Thier blogs on the Power Africa initiative, which sets out to bring electricity to those without it on the continent, using it as an example of a development model that brings together 'accountable local ownership, innovation and an intense focus on results' alongside a fresh approach to financing and partnerships.

Partnerships to finance the post-2015 development agenda

The World Bank Group's Mahmoud Mohieldin writes on what is important to focus on as 2015 approaches. He identifies global implementation partnerships, national level strategies and more as being crucial to achieving successful financing for the post-2015 agenda.

Who is going to pay for international development?

Jonathan Glennie argues that the world does not need another list of financial problems and solutions - it needs a list of priorities. In advance of the recently announced 2015 Financing for Development conference, he suggests how we might go about agreeing on some.