The Addis Ababa compromise does nothing to rectify the wrongs: no new commitments to increasing volumes and improving effectiveness. Well, you may claim this is not utterly accurate: the compromise welcomes the EU’s promise to reach the 0,7% target by 2030, fifteen years later than the original deadline; we’ve not heard about others’ commitments. Is this any good? Hardly so, as it teaches the hard lesson: you can fail your promise without paying any toll. Not to speak about the effectiveness agenda. Yeah, the introduction is peppered with references to ownership and transparency, but the thematic sections are inconsequential, so to speak. And it’s not just that: the limited ODA not available will have to abide by the new narrative that commands aid to be spent catalytically through PPPs and blending. With poor global frameworks, the fate of ODA is basically back in the hands of donor countries with the only safeguards to this backwards/inwards trend offered by the UNDCF and the GPEDC. Ldf
We, members of more than 600 civil society organizations and networks from around the world that have been engaged in the process leading up to and including the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, July 13-16 2015), convened a CSO Forum in advance of the conference. We have the following reflections and recommendations to convey to the Member States of the United Nations and the international community.
Representatives of the CSO FfD Group delivered an abridged version of the Declaration in the opening segment of the July 13 afternoon session of the FfD Plenary. Please find below the CSO Statement:
We, members of hundreds of civil society organizations and networks from around the world engaged in the Third FfD Conference, would like to express our deepest concerns and reservations on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, based on both our ongoing contributions to the process and the deliberations of the CSO FfD Forum (Addis Ababa, 10-12 July 2015).