Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) are faced with the challenge to mobilize private investment at scale, make transformative investment, and remain financially viable. This is termed the trilemma in the report 'the need for bold action to invest better' from international think tank ODI.

FMO’s CIO Huib-Jan de Ruijter and ODI research fellow Samantha Attridge discuss the report in their virtual meeting.

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The ODI report states that Development Finance Institutions should focus more on transformative investments. What role do you think Technical Assistance can play here? Let us know!

Development Finance Institutions: the need for bold action to invest better

The report provides the most up-to-date analysis of DFI and MDB investment and the private finance this investment has mobilized in developing countries since 2013. It reflects on four crucial issues: the Covid-19 crisis response; the relationship between ODA and DFI/MDB investment; DFI and MDB investment in low-income countries; and the need for greater transparency from DFIs and MDBs.

“I think the expectations have changed about what DFI should do.”

Samantha Attridge

Senior Research Fellowat at ODI

Samantha is a Senior Research Fellow and development finance specialist with a particular interest in innovative and blended finance, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and National Development Banks (NDBs). She is leading ODI’s research in these areas and has extensive technical understanding and knowledge in the use of development funds to de-risk private investment to mobilise private finance; as well as the operations of DFIs, NDBs and the impact of their investment.

Huib-Jan de Ruijter

Chief Investment Officer at FMO

Huib-Jan has been appointed Chief Investment Officer in June 2021. He joined FMO’s Management Board as interim Chief Investment Officer in October 2020. Since 2015, Huib-Jan has been a Director Financial Institutions, responsible for the sector department which works closely with banks, microfinance institutions and fintechs to advance access to finance for entrepreneurs.

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