Why do US aid agencies care about global goals?

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.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.