From Addis to New York: Winnie Byanyima's push for equality

By Richard Jones 07 September 2015

Winnie Byanyima, executive director at Oxfam International. Photo by: Benedikt von Loebell / World Economic Forum / CC BY-NC-SA

Later this month, movers and shakers from the international community will be meeting yet again for what is perhaps the most talked about global development of the year: the formal adoption of the sustainable development goals.

Not all is set though. While all 17 goals and 169 targets have been finalized, governments still have to identify the indicators they can use to measure their progress toward meeting the post-2015 agenda. And there is also the issue of finding the resources to meet these goals, targets and indicators.

At the third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July, civil society and nongovernmental organizations came home glad that an outcome document was agreed but also disappointed that a proposal to set up an intergovernmental tax body under the U.N. system was rejected. This, to them and the developing countries that pushed hard for that proposal, signified a lack of commitment from richer nations.

“Developing countries came here with an expectation that they’d get a package that could deliver the resources they need to meet the sustainable development goals that they will sign on for in September,” Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima told Devex in Addis. “Unfortunately, they are going away without any assurance that they will have the resources they need.”

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Richard oversees editorial content for campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. Previously an associate editor, he covered the full spectrum of development aid in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, supervising a team of correspondents and writers, penning articles and conducting high-level video interviews at events across the EMEA region. Currently based in Barcelona, Richard brings to bear 12 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. His development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador.


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