The negotiations on priorities and goals for the new development agenda will lead to an important but difficult debate on where the necessary resources should come from. Many claim that traditional development assistance has played out its role, while others persist that ODA will continue to have a unique role. At the same time, new actors and other flows are growing in importance. Meanwhile, lack of funding remains a major obstacle in the fight against global poverty and environmental degradation. But what do today’s financial flows look like? Is the money really reaching the most vulnerable? How can we best address problems such as capital flight and tax evasion? And last but not least: will the UN member states be willing – and able – to finance the vision they may agree on?
Jesse Griffiths, Director of Eurodad, the European Network on Debt and Development. He is also a member of CONCORD Europe’s Aidwatch Network. Jesse was previously the Coordinator of the Bretton Woods Project since 2008. Prior to that he headed Action Aid UK’s aid and development finance policy group, worked for the UK Department For International Development (DFID) in Nigeria, as well as for other NGOs in the UK and elsewhere on both development finance and international environmental policy.
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