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    The NGO Committee on Financing for Development at the United Nations advocates for a worldwide economy that is environmentally and socially sustainable, ethical, and people-centered.

    Guided by the 2002 Monterrey Consensus, we urge policymakers to support development strategies that end global poverty and advance human rights. We seek international financial systems that are fair and truly representative of all people. We are motivated by the moral imperatives underlying the United Nations Charter and the missions of the organizations we represent.

  • Membership Benefits

    Network and dialogue at the UN with those working on for Financing for Development (FfD) issues and collaborate with global network of FfD organizations.

    Participate in monthly meetings featuring regular briefings from the UN FfD Office and distinguished guest speakers from the UN Community.

    Voice concerns on FfD issues to the UN through written and oral statements prepared within the Committee.

    Receive notices of meetings and conferences on FfD issues sponsored by the UN or NGO Committee, including high-level meetings with Bretton Woods institutions (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization).

    (Go to www.ngosonffd.org for FfD resources and committee membership form)

FFD3 AT ADDIS ABABA, DAY 3: AN AGENDA THAT CHANGES THE SYSTEM

Sebastien Nkoa

By Sébastien Nkoa Ayissi, OP, Cameroonian economist, banker, and student of Theology at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and SNDatUN delegate to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development


Day three was quite an interesting day in four main points. These were pre-conference briefing session, the opening session, the opening plenary, and finally the various groups of working track going on simultaneously with round table discussions.

At the opening session Aldo Calieri gave a brief history of FfD which he said aims at creating change. Though the FfD was born before 2007-8, the financial and economic crisis showed that the FfD is a relevant structure that pushes for relevant issues in terms of financing. That is why decisions should be influenced in favour of developing countries. Unfortunately Aldo said that today we have the feeling that previous talks about the FfD had better conclusions like Doha whom he said has better achievement than FfD3 even before it is officially opened.

addis2Following the same line as Aldo, other speakers especially Stefano Prato during the opening session affirmed that the system as it is now is not what the majority wants. In summary, “We want an agenda that changes the system”.  This is the moment to speak aloud to make known values we stand for. Mention was made of the rapid response group (RRG) which should play a key role in following the various issues raised by the question of FfD. This is to address structural problems, to call the governments, to make sure that governments address the needs of the ordinary peoples and how do governments implement their promises towards those living under poverty.  The women network group representation called women to be responsible and make known what they need. That is why WWG should be the voice of the voiceless. The African women group in particular shared what their group can offer to the world.

addisChina representative to UN during the opening plenary gave thanks to the CSOs for their work, since governments are slow to address issues that are pointed out by CSOs long before governments are conscious of those issues. He called both parties to work together since we have the same goal which is to serve people.  But he mentioned that we can’t address FfD without addressing the three pillars of sustainable development: a sustainable economy, a sustainable social sector and finally a sustainable environment. Unless those pillars are strong we are not moving forward. On the same forum but later on the German spokesman also made a strong declaration affirming that technology should be used not as a means to enslave developing countries but to help them find their way to develop respecting their culture environment and so forth. Private finance should be promoted in order to create wealth; legal framework should be clear so that every group benefits from that wealth created through the contribution of all. One of the last but not least speakers was the pan-African group who gave a summary of the pan-African CSO conference held in Uganda and here he mentioned that for the African group it is clear that the current document has failed, what was promised has not been achieved, issue of debt is still a burden for many African countries, domestic resources are still wasted private sector is disconnected, tax framework is still needed, what is needed in Africa he said should be an exit from dependence to aid. Stolen assets should be brought back and this will solve many problem in terms of financing.

The last major point was the breaking of delegates into groups according to their working track focus or the round table discussion. On my side I followed the track of international public finance where the main idea was how to make ODA relevant for those who receive it. Governments that receive it should not be pushed or cornered in other sector because they receive ODA. In the same line ODA should be used primarily to develop social sector.

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