In today's interconnected world, the analysis of cross-border financing streams has become a critical factor in how Governments strategically manage their finances and drive progress in sustainable development. To effectively evaluate advancements in the interconnected financing areas, the Arab Financing for Development Scorecard provides an intuitive approach that analyses the financing landscape, opportunity costs, access to financing, and the effective utilization of different financing streams to advance sustainable development priorities, all while considering their respective costs.
The Scorecard offers a systemic evaluation of the various sources, conduits and modes of financing sustainable development (public, private, domestic, international, non-financial, debt and innovative finance arrangements), thereby providing a holistic evaluation of the Arab region’s financing trends and risk exposures that need to be addressed to ensure that financial flows are aligned with long-term sustainability goals.
The Arab Financing Scorecard adopts a rigorous, data-driven approach to evaluate the financial landscape of Arab countries. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative assessments drawn from a range of disciplines and datasets, the Scorecard employs an extensive set of indicators and benchmarks to capture the diverse factors shaping the financing landscape at the national level. The Scorecard thereby provides a nuanced understanding of the strengths, challenges and opportunities that exist within each country’s financing ecosystem, enabling comprehensive comparability and empowering decision-makers to drive meaningful reforms and shape policies that foster inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.
Ministries of planning, economic development, international cooperation and finance, central banks, national stakeholders, think tanks, and the development assistance community
ESCWA prepares studies on the different aspects of financing for development in the Arab region. It holds meetings to translate knowledge into concrete actions and capitalize on regional and international experiences.