Reintroduce Ambition at Addis!

Reintroduce Ambition at Addis!

Category : Naya Blog

By Robert Aseda

As the Millennium Development Goals draws to a close, the world is getting ready for the ambitious Post 2015 Development Agenda characterized by seventeen goals and a whooping one hundred and sixty nine targets!

That must show how serious the globe is with realizing global and national development, right?

Wrong.

For this plethora of targets, finances are obviously a key part of the means of implementation. Otherwise the beautiful picture we have drawn in our heads will just remain dreams if not backed by sufficient resources.

It is against this background that ministers and citizens, feminists and artists, politicians and religious leaders, businessmen and tech wizards, old and young people, technocrats and concerned commoners from the one hundred and ninety three United Nations members states have descended into Addis Ababa to take stock of what was agreed on in the past, what has been achieved and what must be done differently in order to feed our monstrous desires in a sustainable way.

But Financing for Development isn’t a discussion that is beginning in Addis Ababa. This is a processes that started over a decade ago in Monterrey and later in Doha in 2008.

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis couldn’t have come at a better time. It not only has the hindsight of failed promises but a clearer picture of the world we want.

The Draft Addis Accord however fails to capture the spirit of the globe’s aspirations. It fails to recognize that time for lukewarm and maybe resolutions are long gone. It fails to agree on concrete and tangible deliverables.

It fails to address the uneasy relationship between developed and developing nations. It fails to address social and economic justice, nor does it strongly address domestic resources that are not properly and systematically collected and utilized.

How then would we expect to fund important issues like education, energy, water and sanitation, sexual and reproductive health and rights among others?

Mr. Stefan Prato of the Addis Ababa Coordinating Group, sums it that the Financing for Development process is stuck between aspirations of our rights and the realities of our political structures.

“Are we here to cry?” he asked.

Definitely not.

Civil society organizations have tremendous opportunities to influence the outcome of Addis. We still have a huge opportunity to work with governments and development agencies to realize a world where we shift from business as usual and focus on the centrality of human rights in the whole processes.

Some of the key issues that NAYA and other civil society organizations are going to take seriously include a global tax system that will redress taking from the poor and rewarding the rich, an outcome that calls upon investment in women and youth as smart economics and not as fundamental rights, concrete actionable deliverables, stopping illicit financial flows and most importantly strong follow up mechanisms.

But it’s not going to be easy.

It has never been easy.

The realization of major milestones like right for women to vote in the United States or new constitutional dispensations in many African countries didn’t come on a silver platter.

A group of committed individuals fought for them.

Just as there can never be sustainable development without human rights, there can never be realization of human rights without development.

 

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