International development and finance

Evaluation of the Nordic Development Bank

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is the joint development finance institution of the five Nordic countries. The objective of NDF's operations is to facilitate climate change investments primarily in low-income countries.  This project seeks to assess whether the NDF's activities are consistent with its mandate and evaluate the extent to which its investments are having positive impacts to inform its future strategy. The evaluation has been commissioend by EBA, the Expert Group on Aid and is being conducted in partnership with Particp GmbH. The evaluation will conclude in Spring 2019.

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Evaluation of Finnfund: The Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd.

Finnfund is a bilateral development finance institution (DFI) which provides finance to firms in developing countries, to promote social, environmental and economic development. This evaluation of Finnfund was led by Just Economics staff. It was commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conducted in partnership with Partcip GmbH. 

The goals of this evaluation were to assess Finnfund’s historical performance, the extent to which it has followed its mandate and annual guidance, and the likelihood that the 2018-2025 strategy will achieve its objectives. Phase 1 reviewed Finnfund’s record on development impact, and alignment with its mandate. Phase 2 appraised the future strategy based on fieldwork in three countries in Latin America and Africa.

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Principles of socially-responsible investment

How can investors be encouraged to consider more than purely commercial and short-term gains? Various sets of investment principles have emerged in recent years to guide socially responsible investment. These principles aim to incorporate social, environmental and governance criteria into investment decisions in order to enhance the benefits and reduce the damaging effects of investment for development. This review for IIED takes a first step in assessing the content, take-up, implementation and impact of the four main sets of principles for socially-responsible investment.

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