Development Finance Institutions and the Coronavirus Crisis
te Velde, Dirk Willem
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Key messages: Development finance institutions (DFIs) are mandated by their shareholders to provide finance to the private sector (usually at commercial terms, but subsidised implicitly), crowd in private sector finance and have a development impact; While DFIs aim to be additional to the market, they have not been sufficiently counter-cyclical in past crises. That has to change,as poor country firms and their workers face major hardship now. Today’s crisis is larger than those in the past; We suggest shareholders provide regulatory and financial space for DFIs to fast-track new investments, allow for some repaymentpostponements and announce a Bounce Back Better facility, to save companies and workers from bankruptcy and to protectprevious transformation efforts so that the bounce-back is faster and better.
CitationGriffith-Jones,S. and te Velde, D. (2020) Development finance institutions and the Coronavirus crisis, London: ODI (https://set.odi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Development-finance-institutions-and-the-coronavirus-crisis.pdf)
Is part of seriesSupporting Economic Transformation (SET);
Rights holderOverseas Development Institute (ODI)
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