The EU Delegation has played a prominent role in Mali’s recovery as one of a group of international donors who together pledged €615 million to support the country. Cécile Tassin-Pelzer, who recently finished her posting to Mali as Head of Cooperation, discusses the EU delegation’s key projects and how foreign donors can best operate in a fragile state whose multiple problems increase the complexity of cooperation. | Read more.
The financing needs of the SDGs range up to $7 trillion a year – well beyond the reach of traditional development assistance. Donors are looking at ways to leverage their resources by attracting private financing, for example through blending: combining public grants with loans or equity. Is it working, and how can it be done better? Capacity4dev hears from the authors of a recent evaluation of EU blending from 2007-15. | Read more.
Public transportation systems could remedy many of the problems faced by major cities in developing countries. But is there a one-size-fits-all solution to implementing them? | Read more.