Fin4Dev, which has offered a lens into the fast-changing world of development aid, financial innovation, and global public goods since July 2015, will cease publishing new posts this month and the site’s content will be remain accessible through April 30.
Over the past seven and half months, our posts showcased diverse examples of how MDBs and the IMF are designing public private partnerships, improving state-level fiscal management in big emerging market countries, supporting countries’ transition out of agriculture into industry, and providing technical advice to governments on improving the efficiency of public investment policies. Posts covering these topics included: a public-private partnership for the Cebu International airport; innovative fiscal management to support the health and other services in Bahia, Brazil; a joint effort to promote sustainable industrial growth in Africa through development finance; and the launch of a new Public Investment Management Assessment tool.
Fin4Dev has featured posts on innovative project financing for the giant Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia as well as a piece on ‘Program for Results’, or PforR, an approach to financing that can help deliver on the basic services and other needs that are part of the Sustainable Development Goals enshrined in Agenda 2030.
We’ve published a piece on AFDB’s five-part vision for Africa’s sustainable development as well as a recent speech on EBRD’s plans for enabling the private sector to help refugee-hosting communities.
As an online experiment, Fin4Dev has fostered closer collaboration among communications staff and policy experts at the participating MDBs as well as the IMF. It has proven especially useful when announcing joint initiatives such as collective funding for implementation of the sustainable development goals or agreement around Voluntary Principles to mainstream climate action in financial institutions.
We will continue to write about these important issues on our individual institutional websites and blogs.
We are grateful to the experts who authored posts, the visitors who took the time to read our content, and to colleagues at the Inter-American Development Bank who created the Fin4Dev brand and platform.
Merrell Tuck-Primdahl, Outgoing Editor of Fin4Dev and Senior Communications Officer at the World Bank, has worked in the institution’s corporate communications, development economics and Europe and Central Asia departments for many years. Prior to that, she was a public relations professional and journalist. Follow her on @MTprimdahl.