Stagflation Risk Rises Amid Sharp Slowdown in Growth

War in Ukraine leading to higher inflation, tighter financial conditions

WASHINGTON, June 07, 2022—Compounding the damage from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has magnified the slowdown in the global economy, which is entering what could become a protracted period of feeble growth and elevated inflation, according to the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report. This raises the risk of stagflation, with potentially harmful consequences for middle- and low-income economies alike.

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Blended finance can catalyze renewable energy investments in low-income countries

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require massivesolar_porwe_wb investment in developing countries. Blended finance, which combines concessional public funds with commercial funds, can be a powerful means to direct more commercial finance toward impactful investments that are unable to proceed on strictly commercial terms. 

Blended finance has grown in the past decade. In 2021 it represented an aggregated financing of over $160 billion, with annual capital flows averaging approximately $9 billion since 2015One of the most compelling aspects of blended finance is that it uses relatively small amounts of donor funding to rebalance a project’s risk profile.   With this small infusion of concessional funding, pioneering investments become attractive to private investors.
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