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Thursday, 18 February 2016 00:00

DFIDDFI participated in a roundtable meeting organised in London by the UK Department for International Development on the forthcoming review of the LIC-Debt Sustainability Framework by the BWIs, and presented the findings of its paper on priorities for the review of the DSF. Another study completed in 2015 on priorities for debt issues in the FfD process has also been cleared by DFID for release. 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:00

IMFA new paper by the IMF examines the role of fiscal policies and institutions in building resilience in sub-Saharan African countries. Based on the analysis of a sample of 26 countries from the region over the 1990-2013 period, the report finds that raising tax revenues and a higher spending in social sectors create conditions favourable to economic resilience.

This correlation is further examined through case studies of 7 fragile countries (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda) with a history of conflict or civil unrest, illustrating how they were able to build resilience and exit fragility.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00

OxfamDFI facilitated a regional capacity-building workshop for Oxfam International Asia, training around 30 staff on analyzing fiscal justice to combat inequality. The training covered anti-inequality government spending (using the GSW database) and anti-inequality tax policy (using a new GSW tax database), and helped participants to define priorities for regional and country strategies to campaign for fiscal justice. 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00

British Academy logoDFI participated in a British Academy International Forum with the secretariat of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (chaired by Gordon Brown). Based on its work for GSW, GCE and UNESCO, DFI presented its views for priorities in mobilizing financing for education during the SDG period, and will be continuing to work with the secretariat over the next few months, making inputs on spending patterns and debt issues. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015 00:00

Wateraid Releasing the FlowBased on research by Development Finance International, the WaterAid’s new report “Releasing the Flow” concentrates on the capacity to use available funds for water and sanitation in five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa - Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. The research suggests that effective leadership from government – at national, regional and local level – is a key factor for success.

In all case studies there is evidence that strong political will has translated into positive action on absorption of funds, greater transparency and improved water and sanitation services for people and communities. Other critical factors include the availability of skilled human resources, the balance between recurrent and capital funding for local government, and the quality of co-ordination and communication between major stakeholders.

You can also download the DFI global study.

Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:00

OIFSenegalDFI facilitated a workshop for OIF and the Senegalese government, at which the draft study on Domestic Resource Mobilisation in OIF IDA Countries was presented to senior officials from 11 OIF member states. It was also used as the basis for discussions on their technical assistance needs. The event was also attended by tax experts from CREDAF, FERDI, the IMF, LSE, the OECD, Oxfam, UEMOA, UNDP and the World Bank, and ATAF, ICRICT and CEMAC supplied contributions. 

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

DFID BlueDFID has commissioned DFI to conduct a study of best practices among developing countries in keeping their public debts sustainable, by ensuring that funds borrowed are spent on “productive expenditure”.

Two missions were held in Rwanda (9-13 November) and Ghana (7-11 December) during which DFI conducted interviews with around 20 key stakeholders. The production of a case study report was also planned with the local team.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

Unctad 2DFI participated in the 10th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference on Debt Management for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, attended by more than 200 debt experts from all over the world. DFI spoke on the issue of Managing the Fiscal Risks of Contingent Liabilities, emphasising measures which should be taken to avoid and reduce contingent liabilities ex ante rather than managing them ex post. The presentation and more details of the conference can be found here

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

Tax Justice Networkstudy published jointly by four organisations is advocating for further reform of the global tax system. This new research by the Tax Justice Network, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Public Services International and Oxfam International reveals that even G20 countries are affected by tax dodging by US multinationals. However, low-income developing countries remain the hardest hit because corporate tax revenues comprise a higher proportion of their national income, which translates in cuts to essential services.

Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00

Ecosoc DCF DFI led a panel on monitoring the contribution of private and blended cooperation to the SDGs, involving stakeholders from the official, private and civil society sectors, at the DCF Symposium in Kampala. The session gave positive feedback on DCF plans to convene stakeholders to enhance monitoring of the effectiveness and impact of private and blended cooperation. The background study for the panel can be found here.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

IPUDFI presented the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IUP) study discussing why and how developing countries should have Aid Policies to improve the quality and effectiveness of their aid in producing development results. Discussions were held at a workshop organised just before the UN Development Cooperation Forum Symposium in Kampala.

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