Gender, Aid Effectivenes and Financing For Development, Newsletter 2015, issue 2

GADN report: Summary of positions on the Post-2015 negotiations

Throughout the discussions around the post-2015 framework some major advances have been made towards the achievement of gender equality, and there are a number of proposals that we believe are essential to protect as we move towards the final deliberations. However, the Gender and Development Network (GADN) remains concerned about various issues that are continuing to undermine the creation of a truly progressive framework strong enough to tackle the deep rooted and persistent gender inequalities that exist.

This paper summarises our position on all elements of the framework: Preamble and Political Declaration; Standalone goal; Targets; Indicators; Mainstreaming; Global Partnership and Means of Implementation (MOI); Financial MOI; Non-financial MOI and follow-Up and review.

Women’s Major Group Recommendations for the Aid Effectiveness Agenda, February 2015

The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) of which WIDE+ is a member, has reviewed the paper for the new Aid Effectiveness Agenda that will be decided upon in Addis Ababa, in July of this year.

The Women’s Major Group acknowledges the Co-facilitators proposed “Elements Paper for Declaration Discussion”, but feels the content and structure need a stronger focus on the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the declaration must prioritize human rights, gender equality and the full realization of women’s and girl’s human rights, ending inequalities, and achieving environmental sustainability, peaceful societies, accountability and justice through a profound transformation of the current neoliberal economic model of development.

For more updates and statements of the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD):

Civil Society: if the European Commission want to achieve new development goals they need to take on major reforms in the international trade system

The CPDE, of which WIDE+ is a member, released its joint reflection on the Post 2015 Communication that the European Commission published some months ago. The CPDE is an open platform that unites civil society voices from around the world on the issue of development effectiveness. Expressing huge concerns about lack of democratic country ownership and the increasing push for private sector engagement in development without a discussion on an appropriate accountability framework, the CPDE calls for major reforms in EU trade policies:

Beyond finding means to implement the new set of sustainable development goals, it is more important to strengthen accountability to peoples by agreeing on major reforms in the international trade system, upholding respect for democratic country ownership, human rights standards and anchoring the Global Partnership On the principle of international solidarity that asserts the role of national governments as principal duty–bearers of human rights obligations.”

A Geopolitical Analysis of the Financing for Development agenda

Third World Network and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) are pleased to share its Geopolitical Analysis of the Aid Effectiveness Agenda that will be decided upon in July this year. In follow up to the draft paper presented by the co-facilitators in March this analysis is published together with a document produced by Regions Refocus 2015, the Zero Draft Language Map, which identifies the level of progressivity of each proposal of the Zero Draft according to a “traffic light” exercise. These resources are intended to support advocacy at national, regional, and global levels.

A Geopolitical Analysis of Financing for Development:
The Regions Refocus Language Map for the Zero Draft:

OECD identifies priorities for Financing Gender Equality under SDGs

The OECD Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) has identified priorities for financing gender equality in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, based on a study of development aid spending on gender equality aims since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted.

The study find that women’s economic contributions continue to be overlooked, and draw attention to “significant underinvestment” in gender equality in the economic and productive sectors, especially finance, banking and energy. It observes a downward trend in supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and low levels of aid towards ending violence against women.

The authors recommend directing aid funds toward addressing these gaps and advise investing and partnering with women’s organizations, saying these are often at the forefront of state-building and peace-building efforts. Noting that tax policies have great potential to reduce gender inequality, they suggest that “smart ODA” could leverage countries’ tax revenue to support gender equality priorities and gender-responsive public financial management systems.

Publication: From Commitment to Action: Financing Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Briefing paper on the Struggle of CSOs to Shape the Post-2015 Agenda and Financing

This briefing paper published by Global Policy Watch updates on current political developments and key issues for CSOs in the concurrent negotiations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) and the post-2015 development agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At stake is who will shape the agenda-and how much real impact it will have.

Paper “The Post-2015 Corporate Development Agenda”

The Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development published a new paper titled “The Post-2015 Corporate Development Agenda: Expanding Corporate Power in the Name of Sustainable Development”. The paper discusses how the corporate sector is trying to position itself front and center of the post-2015 development agenda by staking a claim at three levels: first, by setting goals that would suit their priorities for expansion; second, by claiming a primary role in mobilizing the means for implementing these goals; third, by shaping the governance framework that would be set-up to ensure progress in this agenda.

The paper warns that the danger lies not only in the failure of the post-2015 agenda to promote transformative change, but also in the prospect of rationalizing and legitimizing the further expansion of corporate power in the guise of promoting sustainability and addressing the needs of the poor.

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