An intro to this week's Financing for Development Conference

Below is the first in a series of guest blog posts* from a diverse range of stakeholders and influencers across the global development space. The following has been penned by Aniket Bhushan** a version of which was initially published on the Canadian International Development Platform's website.

What is the Financing for Development or “FfD” agenda?

Global goals and targets, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) only go so far without a supportive and realistic financing framework. The Financing for Development (FfD) agenda is a menu of broad areas where financial resources are to be mobilized to finance the achievement of ambitious global targets.

The first FfD conference took place in Monterrey, Mexico in 2002, and led to the adoption of the so called ‘Monterrey Consensus‘. The second FfD conference which followed up on the Monterrey Consensus took place in Doha, Qatar in 2008.

The third International Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015.

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Raw Data from Canadian Perspectives on International Development

Back in April, Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) and the Inter-Council Network (ICN) released the results of a February 2015 poll that confirmed some pretty amazing things about Canadians, like:

  • 94% of Canadians think it’s important to improve health, education and economic opportunity for the world’s poorest people.

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ONE Campaign and Engineers Without Borders Canada team up to urge policy makers to put #PoliticsAside in fight against extreme poverty

Bono is in Ottawa on Monday to meet with experts and supporters from the development sector on the #PoliticsAside campaign

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2015: A fork in the road for Canada on foreign aid

Bill Gates is set to visit Ottawa to discuss the “Big Bet” that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is making in 2015.

This “Big Bet” was outlined in an aspirational letter that suggests that in the next 15 years, the lives of the world’s poorest people will improve faster than ever before—and that this change will happen through collective and targeted efforts in key areas such as child health, mobile banking and food systems across Africa.

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