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Van Waeyenberge, Elisa and Dimakou, Ourania and Bayliss, Kate and Laskaridis, Christina and Bonizzi, Bruno and Farwa, Sial (2020) The use of development funds for de-risking private investment: how effective is it in delivering development results? Belgium: European Union.

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Abstract

The use of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to mobilise private finance is increasingly seen as essential to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Numerous development agencies have set up diverse de-risking initiatives to attract private investment to development projects and the EU is planning to scale up blending support in the near future. Such measures have reportedly been successful in raising private finance and in improving development outcomes, but there are concerns with this approach. Private shareholders may receive funds at the expense of sectors and regions where they are most needed. Funds remain insufficient to plug the SDG funding gap. Blending can create longer-term risks for development agencies and costs for recipient governments. Traditional evaluations often do not capture the full impact of such policies. Furthermore, there is an opportunity cost to using ODA in this way and blending may promote the perspective of financial investors over development outcomes.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Technical Report)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISBN: 9789284666294
Copyright Statement: © 2020. European Union.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.2861/09434
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 10:27
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/33077
Funders: Other

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