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Decoding

Building inclusive, green and resilient economies

Amal-Lee Amin British International Investment
James Brenton EDFI
Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic has provided countries with a unique opportunity to 'build back better'. Leveraging this opportunity will entail ensuring that stimulus and policy packages are both inclusive and green. Yet recovery-related spending must be directed in accordance with evidence of what works. Support from the international development finance community will enable lower- and middle-income countries to deliver evidence-backed inclusive and green recovery measures.
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Interview

Responding to pandemics: development funders light the way

Isabel Thywissen DEG
Fadila Hamdane Proparco
Audrey Obara Swedfund
Three key figures in development finance institutions working with the healthcare sectors of developing countries provide their insights gleaned at the coalface of pandemic responses. The funding and technical assistance provided by the institutions they represent have fortified providers in serving their populations and is enabling greater access to quality healthcare. Lessons shared about challenges and opportunities also will enable solutions aimed at the betterment of populations. To this end, support of the public and private sectors by these DFIs is facilitating collaboration geared towards addressing challenges and embracing opportunities.
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Decoding

How digital innovation supports development and can aid the Covid-19 recovery

Abhinav Sinha British International Investment
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many day-to-day activities – meetings, working, shopping- were made possible because they moved online. This highlighted the critical role of digital infrastructure in sustaining economies, and the potential for development impact through increased investment in the sector. Yet commercial investors are still nervous about investing in digital infrastructure and businesses, viewing them as outside of their risk appetite. This makes them perfect candidates for both equity and debt financing from DFIs who can also mobilise private capital into the sector for greater development impact.
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Interview

Scaling up blended finance to build back better

Idsert Boersma FMO
Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been delayed by Covid-19, leading to a rise in poverty and inequality. Additional effort is needed to adapt to climate change: funding will be required to build back better and make the economy greener, which will create decent jobs and enable citizens inemerging markets to participate. Using blended finance – with public funding opening the way for private impact finance – could be the key to reaching the SDGs.
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Column

Development finance institutions: major players in Africa’s post-Covid recovery

Guillaume Barberousse Proparco
Emmanuel Haye Proparco
For the past two years, Proparco and its European counterparts have been on the front line in tackling the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Through record financial commitments and a wide range of tools, DFIs have deployed an extensive recovery plan in Africa to support the financial sector and MSMEs. They have been effectively fulfilling their countercyclical role in this difficult economic context.
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