In September 2015, the world’s governments are set to agree to a new set of development goals with the ambition of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and ensuring no one is left behind. The implementation plan for this ambition will require greater focus on delivering for the poorest and most vulnerable, especially women and girls; the African Union’s (AU) declaration of 2015 as the “Year of Women’s Empowerment” offers a golden opportunity to advance progress towards gender equality in the post-2015 framework.
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2015 could hold the key to delivering the political will, policy reforms and financial investments required to end extreme poverty and ensure that no one is left behind in the post-2015 financing strategy.
ONE’s PRIORITY POLICIES FOR 2015
To end extreme poverty by 2030 will require a concerted effort from all development actors to create the conditions for all to lead a dignified life. The new goals must deliver on the core areas of health, agriculture, energy poverty, gender equality and accountability. At ONE, we concentrate on our core priorities, but we are supportive of many of the areas covered by the goals beyond our mandate. A successful outcome for the new development agenda will require adequate finance and the ability to track the goals adopted, hence enabling citizens to hold leaders to account.
ONE’s policy priorities for 2015 are based around three pillars: making sure the goals are ambitious enough to end extreme poverty; ensuring sufficient and smart finances are unleashed to deliver the goals’ full ambition; and putting in place the tools which will equip citizens and policymakers to follow money from resources to results:
- Inspiring New Framework: The 2015 goals and targets should include ending preventable child and maternal deaths, eliminating hunger and malnutrition, securing universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy, all delivered through accountable and transparent systems as part of a coherent and holistic package to inspire citizens; combined, these policies will help achieve the overriding goal of virtually eliminating extreme poverty by 2030.
- Financing the Framework: 2015 must kick off with a fully funded replenishment for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance at the January 27 2015 pledging conference. The Financing for Development (FfD) conference must deliver transparent and accountable commitments from all development partners on aid, domestic resource mobilisation, private sector investment and other forms of finance.
- Following Resources to Results: Ensure that a monitoring and accountability mechanism with quality data at the core and long term systems are in place so that citizens & policymakers can track resources to results, monitor implementation of national development plans and hold leaders accountable for delivery until the goals are achieved.