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The mayor of Bogotá takes a shower on television to promote saving water, and water consumption drops; HIV patients in Kenya get text messages to remind them to take their medication and adherence rates rise by 13 percentage points; and a simple rewrite of letters from the UK tax office nets the government £200 million… These are among the successes attributed to ‘behavioural interventions’, which consider how psychological and social forces affect the implementation of public policy.
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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.

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