Our DFI Transparency Initiative has completed its fourth research Work Stream (Value of Investment: Mobilisation & Structure of Deal). The research report identifies a number of areas where consistency of reporting and Development Finance Institution (DFI) transparency could be improved. However, we also wanted to understand why this data matters to those in the development finance space, the hard reality of what’s available and what’s not, and the arguments behind why transparency is so important. Our CEO, Gary Forster, sat down with Thomas Venon, founding partner of Eighteen East Capital, to discuss our research findings.
It Is now well established that investing in women’s economic empowerment has a catalytic effect in reducing poverty for all people and achieving gender equality. In this blog, Sally Paxton discusses the urgent need for effective investment in women’s economic empowerment, and why limited understanding of who is funding what and with what results is hampering progress. To help efforts to overcome this barrier, we are launching a new project: “Women’s Economic Empowerment: building evidence for better investments”.
A lack of clear and consistent information on the funding and effectiveness of gender equality work makes it difficult to track progress on gender equality commitments in Guatemala, Kenya and Nepal. the Gender Financing Project has just published research mapping national and international funding flows in the three countries – and we found it remains difficult to paint a comprehensive picture of funding for gender equality, and to know if donors’ gender financing is making a difference. This blog is also available in Spanish, Nepali and K’iche’.
This is the fourth Data Diary in our Gender Financing series. Linet Juma shares her experiences, and insights gained from her research, on the need for more sustainable systems to generate and share better gender data.
Our DFI Transparency Initiative has completed its third research Work Stream onESG and accountability to communities, which identified a number of areas where the transparency of Development Finance Institutions could be improved. Our CEO Gary Forster wanted to explore why more transparent and better risk management and accountability is in the best interest of DFIs themselves, and so talked to Peter Woicke about our findings. Peter is the former CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Managing Director of the World Bank from 1999 to 2005.
The DFI Transparency Initiative is about to release its latest working paper on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and accountability to communities. Fran Witt (Economic Justice and Climate Change Consultant) and Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath (EBRD Policy Officer, Bankwatch) provide a CSO perspective on the transparency and accountability challenges for public development banks (PDBs). They argue that PDBs have much work to do in order to meet their commitments to the rights of project-affected communities.