The Road to Addis and Beyond Series brings together a number of short essays that engage with current Financing for Development debates and to this end is being launched to coincide with the third and final drafting session of the outcome document
of this summer's Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
A series of Research Notes summarizes highlights and key findings from the ongoing UNRISD project on the Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development
. They are complemented by a Think Piece series discussing a range of topics largely not covered in the research project on how to fund social development and raising provocative or alternative perspectives that can generate further ideas and debates. The Road to Addis and Beyond Series will be communicated to a wide range of stakeholders to contribute to ongoing Financing for Development debates and processes.
Video Introduction to the Series
With Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator responsible for the Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization project.
- Bridging the Gap: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Financing for Development—Sven Behrendt, GeoEconomica
- Let’s Walk Our Talk: Making Concrete Commitments on Financing the Sustainable Development Agenda—Inge Kaul, Hertie School of Governance and Donald Blondin, Leiden University
- A Global Fund for Social Protection Floors: Eight Good Reasons Why it can Easily be Done—Michael Cichon, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and International Council on Social Welfare
- Fair Pensions in an Ageing World—Manfred Nitsch, Freie Universität Berlin
- International Corporate Tax Reform is Critical to Financing Sustainable Development—Erika Dayle Siu, Tax and Development Consultant
- Revenue Bargains Key to Financing Africa’s Development—Yusuf Bangura, Department of Political Science, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and former UNRISD research coordinator
- Promoting Tax Bargains in Uganda and Beyond: The Importance of Civil Society and Parliamentarians—Jalia Kangave, Independent Tax and Legal Researcher
- Investing in the SDGs: Whose Business?—Aldo Caliari, Project Director, Center of Concern
- An Orphaned Tax Agenda? Sacrificing Good Governance and Tax Justice in the Addis Ababa Outcome—Manuel Montes, South Centre
- Financing Development: Tangible Tools to give Meaning to Fine Words—Eddie Rich, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
- Addis Ababa Financing for Development Conference: A Missed Opportunity to Discuss the Role of International Public Finance Post-2015—Gail Hurley, UNDP
- Fair Compensation and other Prerequisites to Mining for Development—Cielo Magno, University of the Philippines
- Beyond Addis: How Can We Finance the SDGs?—Matthew Martin, Development Finance International
- Why the Addis Debt Chapter Falls Short—Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, United Nations Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights
- Revenue Mobilization for Gender Equity—Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender at the Word Bank Group, and Sudarshan Gooptu, Global Lead on Fiscal Policy in the World Bank Group's Global Practice for Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
- Shifting Responsibilities without Changing the Balance of Power: What Chance of Equality with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda?—Nicole Bidegain Ponte, Universidad de la República, Uruguay and DAWN Executive Committee Member; Marina Durano, University of the Philippines-Diliman and DAWN Associate; and Corina Rodríguez Enríquez, National Council of Research (Conicet), Argentina, and DAWN Executive Committee Member
- The Invisible Player: Social and Solidarity Finance for Financing for Development, Marie-Adélaïde Matheï, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD
- Delivering Social Protection Systems for All: Why Taxes Matter, Francesca Bastagli, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics (LSE)
- Political Economy of Citizenship Regimes: Tax in India and Brazil—Aaron Schneider
- Obstacles to Increasing Tax Revenues in Low Income Countries—Mick Moore, IDS (University of Sussex) and the International Centre for Tax and Development
- State-Business Relations and the Financing of the Welfare State in Argentina and Chile: Challenges and Prospects—Jamee K. Moudud, Sarah Lawrence College (USA); Esteban Perez Caldentey, ECLAC; and Enrique Delamonica, UNICEF Nigeria and CROP
- Aiding Social Transfers in Low-income Countries: Is there a Catalytic Effect?—Cécile Cherrier, independent consultant and PhD candidate at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/UNU-MERIT
- Extractive Industries, Revenue Allocation and Local Politics—Javier Arellano, University of Deusto (Spain) and Andrés Mejía Acosta, King’s College London (UK)
- Fiscal Capacity and Aid Allocation: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Foreign Aid in Low-Income Countries—Aniket Bhushan, North-South Institute, Ottawa, Canada; and Yiagadeesen Samy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Financing for Development and the SDGs
In September 2015, a new global sustainable development agenda will be launched and guide international and national efforts to achieve more equitable and sustainable societies over the coming 15 years. However, this agenda will quickly run out of steam if it is not backed up by reliable and sustainable financial commitments by a variety of actors: donors, national governments and the private sector.
Already in 2002 the Monterrey consensus recognized that many poor countries have weak fiscal capacity and would require additional resources to transform their economies and meet the needs of their citizens. However, official development aid has thus far fallen short of filling these gaps. For one, this is due to donors’ continued and systematic failure to deliver on aid commitments targeted at less developed countries. Additionally, the recent global economic and financial crisis has shown aid disbursement to be highly volatile and pro-cyclical, while many countries have reverted to austerity policies. In this context, this UNRISD Think Piece Series raises some important questions which should not be neglected in the Addis process: What can be done to increase investments in socially sustainable development? What is the role of public versus private investors? How can countries decrease aid dependence and mobilize more domestic resources?
Relating PDRM to Addis
UNRISD recently published a background paper which defines key points made by actors participating in the current Finance for Development debates, including the World Bank, the United Nations, and developing countries themselves. The paper shows how their positions on the post-2015 Financing for Development debate, and in particular, on domestic resource mobilization, relate to the aims and findings of the UNRISD PDRM project.
UNRISD supports the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.