Despite criticism of the “Billions to Trillions” action plan, we know that catalyzing much larger volumes of private finance for investments related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains the only viable avenue for achieving the scale needed in developing countries, given very real constraints on fiscal space and on growth in foreign aid.
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We need a new public-private actor to fill the gap in the development finance architechure. Nancy Lee and Dan Preson have a solution: The Stretch Fund.
The formidable challenge of financing the Sustainable Development Goals has focused attention on the role of private capital in filling huge finance gaps. But for low-income countries (LICs), which receive only about 5 percent of total cross-border private capital flows to developing countries, there is little confidence that external private capital will make a significant contribution.
There is an urgent need to change PSW business models to maintain their financial sustainability while doing much better on mobilization and development impact. Two factors are critical for meeting this challenge: enhanced risk management capability and greater flexibility regarding risk-adjusted returns.