What does the data tell us about DFIs?

The role of development finance institutions is evolving. Through a series featuring interactive data visualizations and interviews with DFI leaders, Devex is exploring their growing influence, where they are investing, and key challenges they face. Explore the series.

Data on bilateral development finance institutions can provide a high-level overview of what they are doing and where they are working, but not necessarily why they are choosing the investments they are making.

Each DFI has its own parameters to define regions and financial instruments, and these are not always shared publicly — making it difficult to compare their work or in even fully understand it. Despite the challenges, there are still insights to be gained from looking at where DFIs are operating and who they are supporting.

About the author

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.