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Reimagine your future: megatrends and international development

What will megatrends mean for international development?

Getting what you pay for: Payment-by-Results in international development

Getting what you pay for – what does payment by results mean for international development?

Impact investing: the new paradigm for poverty reduction?

How can impact investments have a positive influence in international development?

Unlocking the potential: investing in women and girls

How investing in women and girls can bring direct economic, social and business benefits to developing economies.

Reducing funding risks
How to reduce funding risks in International Development

It’s commonly accepted that development programmes have a high level of financial risk, meaning that funds are not properly accounted for, not used for the purposes intended and do not represent value for money. In other words, less money is reaching the beneficiary than could be.

New ways of working can improve services and empower citizens

Since the United Nations Millennium Summit, the market place for service delivery – the delivery of basic services such as access to water and sanitation, or to basic healthcare and education - has become more diverse and dynamic. State and non-state actors, entities who have the power to influence and cause social, political, or economic change are coming together to influence, shape, deliver and monitor service provision, and change development outcomes. Improvements in technology are empowering these coalitions and ordinary people to call service providers to account and demand better services.

Ready to invest in climate change

If we are to limit future growth in greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the most severe climate impacts, private sector investment in climate change must increase substantially in developing countries.

Bridging the gap: Matching projects and finance to achieve development impact

‘Inclusive business’ is a term increasingly used in development circles to describe business ventures that combine commercial return with positive development outcomes. Generally this involves linking the poor to market-based opportunities – as employees, producers, distributors or consumers.