Why do US aid agencies care about global goals?

By Michael Igoe 05 May 2015

Achieving the more ambitious sustainable development goals will require greater resources than what governments can provide, Tony Pipa, U.S. special coordinator for the post-2015 development agenda, shares in this video interview.

Why do U.S. development agencies, which have their own strategic plans and priorities, care about a global development agenda?

The Millennium Development Goals were “transformational,” but the sustainable development goals will be, “a step up,” Tony Pipa, the U.S. government’s special coordinator for the post-2015 development agenda, told Devex.

As the world turns its attention to negotiations and financing agreements that will result in a global agenda to guide the next 15 years of development cooperation, the role the private sector will play in implementing — and financing — post-2015 targets has garnered increased awareness as well.

In July, world leaders will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss how we’ll pay for a list of SDGs, including such ambitious aspirations as ending extreme poverty and fostering an AIDS-free generation. As those discussions continue — and as we move closer and closer to a finalized list of goals and targets — Pipa told Devex, “There is a lot of talk about what the policy environment needs to look like in order to unlock private investment.”

In many cases that conversation has evolved from discussions of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy to discussions of shared value and areas where the private sector can help provide resources beyond what governments will be able to supply.

In partnership with the U.N. Foundation and Fenton, Devex is examining the progress made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals and U.S. contributions to spur global progress in our special “#GlobalGoalsWork” series. Join the conversation using #GlobalGoalsWork.

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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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