Global Financial Development Report 2017 / 2018:
Bankers without Borders

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Bankers without Borders

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Global Financial Development Report 2017/2018: Bankers without Borders emphasizes international bank lending as an important source of finance for developing countries and policy makers must focus on getting the right policy mix — through institutional reforms and strong regulation and supervision — maximizing the benefits of international banking while minimizing the costs.

GFDR 2017 / 2018 brings to bear new evidence on the debate on the benefits and costs of international banks, particularly for developing countries, and provides evidence-based policy guidance on a range of issues that developing countries face. ­­­­

Successful international integration has underpinned most experiences of rapid growth, shared prosperity, and reduced poverty. Perhaps no sector of the economy better illustrates the potential benefits—but also the perils—of deeper integration than banking. International banking may contribute to faster growth in two important ways: first, by making available much-needed capital, expertise, and new technologies, which make domestic financial systems more competitive; and second, by enabling risk-sharing and diversification. But international banking is not without risks. The global financial crisis vividly demonstrated how international banks can transmit shocks across the globe. The 2017/2018 Global Financial Development Report brings to bear new evidence for the debate on the benefits and costs of international banks, particularly for developing countries. It provides evidence-based policy guidance on a range of issues that developing countries face. Countries that are open to international banking can benefit from global flows of funds, knowledge, and opportunity, but the regulatory challenges are complex and, at times, daunting.

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The World Bank report Bankers without Borders is not associated with the Grameen Foundation’s Bankers without Borders program, which engages volunteer consultants to donate their expertise to serve social enterprises and nonprofits in poor countries. For more information, visit: https://www.bankerswithoutborders.com.