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Private Investors Work on Impact Disclosure Guidelines: Request for Input
November 28, 2023
The central role that private investors must play in financing Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) investments in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) is now widely understood and acknowledged. The just-published two-volume report of the Independent Experts Group (here and here) to the ...
Advanced Economies Are Failing to Set a Good Example for Developing Countries on Reforming Tax Expenditures
October 30, 2023
Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackling the climate crisis in developing nations demands substantial investments. A recent report commissioned by the G20 estimated that for developing countries (encompassing low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income nations), a...
The UNGA Games
September 21, 2023
This week’s General Assembly was a gloomy affair as UN officials strained to defend multilateralism in an increasingly polarized world with several major heads of state MIA.
CGD Podcast: Efficient Development with Bjørn Lomborg
September 07, 2023
Bjørn Lomborg, author of Best Things First, joins CGD's Gyude Moore to discuss the 12 "most efficient" policy solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, how they were assessed and identified, and the tradeoffs they may require.
Halfway to the SDG Deadline, We’re Not Halfway to the SDGs
August 30, 2023
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres prefaces the new UN report on the status of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at their midpoint with some despairing language. “Progress on more than 50 per cent of targets of the SDGs is weak and insufficient; on 30 per cent, it has stalled or gone into ...
Hybrid Capital and SDRs for the Uninitiated
November 28, 2022
More than a year after the IMF general allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and the G20 promise to recycle $100 billion of SDRs, how much has been achieved? And how will the recycled SDRs be used?
Pandemic-era Health Spending Increases in Developing Countries Are Unlikely To Be Sustained
June 06, 2022
This blog post argues that higher health spending is unlikely to be sustained because of the pandemic’s adverse impact on revenues, other spending pressures, and the resulting deteriorating fiscal position of LLMICs. This suggests that countries will need to undertake policy actions to create additi...
Assessment of Expenditure Choices by Low- and Low- Middle-Income Countries During the Pandemic and Their Impact on SDGs
June 06, 2022
Before the pandemic, the achievement of the SDGs by 2030 was doubtful in part because of the slow pace in generating additional revenues from domestic sources. As the financing needs have increased after the pandemic, the achievement of these goals will be delayed beyond 2030, unless additional fina...
More Blended Finance? Not So Much: The Results of CGD’s Survey on Aid Agencies and Blended Finance
March 18, 2022
The “billions to trillions” vision advanced the notion that some significant part of official development assistance (ODA) should be used to catalyze additional finance from other public and private sources. Seven years later, the expectations that blended finance would expand sharply to help narrow...
Cracking the Nut: A New Pension Fund Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals in Emerging Markets
February 07, 2022
For those who care about the mobilization of private finance for development, channeling a much larger volume and share of the trillions of dollars of global institutional investment, including from pension funds, into SDG-related investment in emerging markets might be described as the holy grail. ...