Vol. 22 (Winter) Issue 1, pp.37-49

Financing for development: a monetary issue in which money has no say

Tristan Dissaux

Laboratoire Triangle, UMR 5206, Université Lyon 2, France, Email: tristan.dissaux@gmail.com


For developing countries, financing needs remain important, especially to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper deals with the problematic of financing for development (FfD), by focusing on what we think to be its major blind spot: money. If development is far from being only about money, its financing does have monetary aspects, which are most often omitted. We first emphasise the current prevailing FfD paradigm and show that it stands on a particular theoretical corpus. In particular, it adopts a restrictive understanding of money, carrying important political, economic and social implications. Against what can be described as a non-monetary approach to financing for development, we consider the nature and origins of money. In this light, the current FfD paradigm appears as inconsistent, while tools such as social and complementary currencies can be relevant. We here explore their participation to financing and their potentials regarding this issue.


development financing, money, social and complementary currencies

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To cite this article: Tristan Dissaux (2018) ‘Financing for development: a monetary issue in which money has no say’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 2018 Volume 22 (Winter) 37-49 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547. http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2018.004