Financing for Development

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The third Financing for Development Conference is taking place this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 13-16th July 2015.  Why was it so important? Watch our short video below for a quick introduction.

Also: Read our blog post "Five things you need to about the Addis Summit" to find out why this Summit is so important. 

So what happened at the summit? 

What Dóchas Members are saying

On 10 June 2015, Irish NGO representatives briefed the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade on the importance of "financing for development" at a global level. Dóchas members  pointed out that the year 2015 represents a critically important year for international development, with three summits that will determine the international priorities for the next 15 years: The financing for development summit in Addis Ababa in July, the UN summit on “sustainable development” in New York in September and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December. The Irish NGOs urged UN members to seize these opportunities to take the decisions required for a better world.

They also said that, as UN member states are putting the finishing touch on a new and ambitious plan to address hunger, poverty, inequality and climate change, countries must make a step change in international financing. They called on Ireland and other EU countries to recommit to international public financing, in the form of development assistance, debt relief, and tax reform. Irish NGOs are unanimous on the fact that existing commitments to development aid need to be honoured and met, before new Governments make new promises. “Official development assistance is both an expression of trust in the multilateral process and a concrete commitment with practical development outcomes.”

The full written submission by Dóchas in pdf format is available here.

Thoughts from Addis at the 3rd Financing for Development Conference 

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Addis Delegation: Sorley McCaughey-Christian Aid; Hans Zomer-Dóchas; Séan Shelock ,TD Minister of State; Lorna Gold-Trócaire, Irish Ambassador to the UN David Donoghue

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