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Sound financial systems underpin economic growth and development, and are crucial to the World Bank Group’s mission of alleviating poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

Also, tapping into capital markets is needed to attract additional sources to help finance global development goals, which are projected to require “trillions of dollars” in financing.

  • Financial stability, both globally and within countries, generates jobs and improves productivity. It gives people confidence to invest and save money. Robust banking systems and capital markets efficiently flow funds toward their most productive uses, help governments raise investment capital, maintain financial safety nets and speed payments securely across borders.
  • Good access to finance improves a country’s overall welfare because it enables people to thrive and better manage their needs, expand their opportunities and improve their living standards. When people are financially included, it’s easier to manage consumption, payments and savings, access better housing, healthcare and education, start a small business, and use insurance products to protect themselves from shocks. Finance also helps level the playing field – making significant wealth and connections less relevant.
  • Capital markets are becoming essential to financing infrastructure such as roads, power plants, schools, hospitals and houses and to help manage unforeseeable risk. They are increasingly relevant for the Sustainable Development Goals as reaching many of them will require long-term financing that traditional funding sources won’t be able to cover. Attracting private sector finance and investment to help cover the huge financing gaps is necessary to help the world meet these global goals. 

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Elizabeth Price