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The Road to Addis and Beyond: Financing for Social Development

  • Project from: 2011 to 2015

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.

Think Pieces

Overview Think Piece: Destination: Socially Sustainable Development. Will Addis Lead the Way?Katja Hujo, UNRISD

Research Notes

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.