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UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF DEVELOPMENT
FINANCE INSTITUTIONS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF DEVELOPMENT FINANCE INSTITUTIONS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

The role of development finance institutions (DFIs) as private sector actors in achieving the UN’s Agenda 2030 on the sustainable development (SDGs) and Paris Agreement on climate change cannot be underestimated.

This project focuses on understanding the role of DFIs in using their investments in Africa to advance sustainable development that aligns with national strategies. Specifically, we want an enhanced understanding of the contribution of DFIs within the broader ecosystem of different actors to national development and the SDGs and how this could catalyze the private sector to scale-up and direct capital to yield better impact across Africa. The project focuses on Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana to put these issues in perspective in the selected countries at different economic, financial and governance development as well as engagement with the private sector and DFIs.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS INCLUDE:

  • (I) What are development priorities in 3 countries (Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya)?
    (II) How do development priorities map in broad terms to SDGs?
  • What is the profile (broad and sectoral disaggregation) of DFIs allocations of investment and of other financial flows (to the extent possible given data availability) in the three countries?
  • What financing activities are likely to support development priorities in Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya? This covers direct and indirect impacts and involves discussing a theory of change.
  • Where are DFI allocations aligned with development priorities (incl. the SDGs) and where is there to date less involvement from DFIs?
  • Based on the results from question 2, 3 & 4 where do current DFI investments complement national priorities well and where are there forward-looking opportunities for DFIs to further contribute toward reaching significant SDG milestones in alignment with national development targets?