Mixed responses to FFD3

17 July 2015
Author: Ellie Kennedy

After three days of negotiation, world leaders at the Third Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa have agreed on an economic framework to support the sustainable development agenda. The finalised Addis Ababa Action Agenda will shape development finance for the next 15 years.

The agreement has provoked a mixed response. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon claims that the deal is a “critical step forward”, but many civil society delegates have expressed concerns that the document has not gone far enough towards a sustainable development financing framework that will 'leave no one behind'. Here’s a round-up of views from the sector...

Bond

Bond Chief Executive Ben Jackson said: “NGOs were vital in keeping momentum going during a tough week of negotiations. It is heartening to see some progress being made. Failure to reach an agreement would have put the sustainable development goals in jeopardy. Civil society moved issues like aid, tax collection, private sector accountability and transparency up the agenda of governments. Now it will be vital to ensure strong follow up to put a lot more detailed flesh on the bones that have been set out in this agreement.”

Save the Children

Save the Children’s Senior Advocacy Adviser, Irene Dotterud, said: “Addis isn’t everything we wished for, but it’s an important step forward…The document pledges progress on a range of key issues and the challenge now is to convert those commitments into concrete actions”

Oxfam

Oxfam has praised the UK government for “championing with others the Addis Tax Initiative to help developing countries improve their capacity to collect taxes,” but expressed disappointment on the failure to agree a world tax body.

“ [This] is a huge missed opportunity to move towards more democratic governance of international economic affairs and overhaul our broken global tax system, which pits nations against each other in a race to the bottom on tax” - Ana Arendar, Head of Inequality.

ActionAid

Speaking at the conference, a spokesperson for ActionAid expressed similar concerns: “The UK government has positioned itself as a global leader on many aspects of sustainable development, aid and global efforts to tackle tax avoidance and evasion. It is therefore disappointing that the UK appears to be one of the few governments blocking progress on the important issue of a tax body.”

WWF

WWF has been considering the the environmental implications. "[The agreement] is a significant achievement toward financing a sustainable development agenda in a holistic manner, one that recognizes the connection between economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection,” said Céline Beaulieu, WWF’s Head of Delegation at the conference. However, the charity has expressed concern that the agreement did not include "bold language on core issues such as a stronger commitment to official development assistance and the removal of environmentally harmful subsidies in sectors such as fossil fuels, transport, fisheries and agriculture."

ONE Campaign

The ONE Campaign has acknowledged the positive commitments to address the particular impacts of poverty on women and girls: “On every measure, girls and women in the poorest countries are prevented from reaching their full potential. The Addis Agenda commits us to smart policies and targeted investments in their health, education and economic potential, which could empower girls and women to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty” - Michael Elliott, CEO of The ONE Campaign.

Read the news story for more detail on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

About the author

Ellie Kennedy
Bond

Ellie is Campaigns Coordinator and wants to contribute to a development sector that is inclusive and forward-thinking, and to campaigning that is creative and practical. She has also worked for Restless Development and Transparency International.