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?
Taku Fundira is a South African analyst with special interests in quantitative economic research. His work for SPII (Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute) includes developing a regional economic model for a basic income grant. Prior to working at SPII, he worked for the Trade Law Centre (tralac). He holds a MSc. Degree in Agricultural Economics and is a member of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA). He is also a founding member of the African Food and Agricultural Policy Platform (AFAPP) and a member of the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) Trade Reference Group.
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