What to expect from Addis Ababa

By Michael Igoe 07 July 2015

Senior global development reporter Michael Igoe gives a rundown of what to expect from the third International Financing for Development Conference.

The sustainable development goals won’t amount to much unless they’re backed by a realistic plan to implement — and finance — them.

That’s what is supposed to emerge from the third International Financing for Development Conference, which begins July 13 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. But apart from an outcome document that has already been largely drafted and negotiated, can we expect much from this high-level gathering, which many have deemed the official kickoff of the post-2015 era?

Devex will be on the ground in Addis Ababa, bringing you live coverage of the conference and helping to differentiate the lofty rhetoric from the real commitments. In the meantime, here’s a quick preview of what we can expect to hear from East Africa next week, as finance ministers, philanthropists, heads of state and development leaders converge to hash out a framework strong enough to support 17 sustainable development goals and 169 related indicators.

What do you hope to see in the #Fin4Dev conference? Share your own financing for development wish list in the comments section below.

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Michael Igoe@AlterIgoe

Michael Igoe is a senior correspondent for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers U.S. foreign aid and emerging trends in international development and humanitarian policy. Michael draws on his experience as both a journalist and international development practitioner in Central Asia to develop stories from an insider's perspective.


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