After what has been described as a challenging few days in Addis Ababa last night agreement was finally reached on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Negotiations were tense and the underlying question in people’s minds was whether to enter into in-depth negotiations at risk of leaving Addis without an agreement or to compromise on the controversial issues (Tax, CBDA, and Debt) and leave with an adequate deal. The former scenario would have been detrimental to the Post2015 negotiations which will continue in New York next week, so late on Wednesday night word came through that an agreement had been reached - a deal was made.
So what has been the reaction to this new agenda?
International NGOs have been expressing disappointment:
- CSO response to the Addis Abba Action Agenda
- Twitter reacts
- Oxfam Ireland Responds
- Christian Aid Ireland Responds
- Trócaire's response
- CIDSE statement
And some continue to question the role of the private sector
Some organisations have been welcoming the progress that has been made:
Journalists around the world react:
- The Guardian - Where are the concrete plans for action in the development finance deal?
- Twitter reacts
- Civil society sceptical over action agenda
- The Guardian - Financing for Development summit outcome Addis Ababa- milestone or millstone for world's poor?
- The Guardian - Addis delegates failed to put money where mouth was on gender equality
Although too early for a full reaction from academic institutions they have stated that the true test of this agreement will be the impact it will have on those living in poverty.
They believe that the agreement provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt this September.
They are viewing Addis as the start of a new era in development financing: