Gail Hurley wrote a think piece for the Road to Addis series. At the time of her collaboration, she was a Policy Specialist on Development Finance at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. She has held this role since January 2010. Her areas of expertise include international public finance, sovereign debt, innovative sources of finance and global finance more generally. Gail advises UNDP on development finance issues and has written numerous research papers, articles and blogs on the subject. These include research and analysis on sovereign debt in small island developing states, aid effectiveness, innovative sources of development finance and the future of international public finance. At the country level, she has also supported governments in the Caribbean and Africa to devise strategies for the expansion and diversification of their domestic and external revenue bases. At the time of writing this piece, Gail was leading UNDP’s preparations for the July 2015 UN conference on financing for development in Addis Ababa.