the recent report of the G20 Independent Expert Group (IEG) offers a blueprint for how multilateral development banks (MDBs) can be scaled effectively to increase lending to emerging and developing economies. Paul James looks into the mobilisation of private finance targets in the IEG report, and outlines three changes that are needed if we are to better understand mobilisation and ultimately drive changes that will result in its growth.
Publish What You Fund has examined how development finance institutions are disclosing their 2X investments and found big gaps in the information available. The lack of standardised disaggregated information makes it almost impossible to get the granular insights that are needed to measure the value, impact, and progress of gender lens investing. In a new research paper we assess the current state of 2X disclosure and suggest how the 2X community can improve its transparency and accountability.
The mobilisation of private finance for development outcomes was a central part of the discussions during the recent Paris summit, with more emphasis placed on the need to mobilise “at scale”. However, without improved measurement and increased transparency, it will be impossible to tell whether or not these new commitments deliver on their promises.
As 2X Global works to develop a new certification process for gender lens investors, we set out why greater transparency must be integrated into this process. Our new working paper provides four recommendations for improving the disclosure of 2X investments – so that we can understand their impact on women and girls, and ensure we are making the most effective use of our scarce resources.
To help development finance institutions (DFIs) address perceived barriers to transparency and to guide improved disclosure, Publish What You Fund has compiled the Disclosure Example Book. It is intended to show what is possible in terms of DFI disclosure and to be a useful resource for anyone working to strengthen DFI transparency.
With Planned reforms and expanded lending, the transparency of the World Bank Group and IFC is vital. Join our conversation at the Civil Society Policy Forum on 13 April on how the WBG should reform its approach to disclosure.