Civil Society Financing for Development Group hosts forum on global economic solutions

The Civil Society Financing for Development (FfD) Group is hosting a Global People’s Assembly Session titled Financing for Development: Global Economic Solutions Now! this 22 September 2021, 13:30-14:45 UTC/GMT (8:30 Lima | 9:30 NY | 16:30 Nairobi | 19:00 Delhi | 21:30 Manila).

Event organisers include the The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), Eurodad, Global Policy Forum (GPF), Jubilee USA, Latindadd, and the Society for International Development (SID).

The CSO FfD group argues that the 2021 Financing for Development Forum outcome document is “filled with rhetoric and no action, sticking to business as usual and a status quo that threatens the well-being of billions of people.” This approach, they add, makes the possibility of realising the Sustainable Development Goals and to respond to the expanding climate emergency more remote than ever. “National level decisions, while important, are insufficient to ensure the required policy and fiscal space needed for a decolonial, feminist and just transition for people and planet.”

The CSO FfD group also explains that the FfD outcome document fails to deliver an ambitious multilateral response under the auspices, leadership, and coordination of the United Nations to the current crisis, which further exposed the lack of implementation of universal social protection floors and lack of access to decent work.

Through the event, the group will call on governments to step up and demonstrate much-needed leadership in the following weeks within UNGA to ensure progress on key systemic reforms on debt, illicit financial flows including tax dodging, and trade, etc.

The event will feature presentations on upcoming civil society campaigns on global economic solutions to mobilise jointly around structural transformation, by the following speakers:

  • Jason Braganza, Afrodad: Presentation of The Harare Declaration 2021
  • Iolanda Fresnillo, Eurodad: Upcoming debt campaign actions
  • Chenai Mukumba, Tax Justice Network-Africa: Campaign rejecting tax deal of G7/G20/OECD
  • Luca de Fraia, CPDE: Aid effectiveness, Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) 
  • Patricia Miranda, Latindadd: Campaign on SDRs
  • Yoke Ling, Third World Network: Campaign on TRIPS waiver + ISDS moratorium

SID’s Pooja Rangaprasad will serve as the moderator.

The Civil Society Financing for Development Group is a broad platform of several hundreds of civil society organisations, networks and federations from around the world, including the Women’s Working Group on FfD. The Group followed closely the FfD process since its origins, facilitated civil society’s contribution to the Third International Conference on FfD, and continues to provide a facilitation mechanism for the collective expression of civil society in the FfD Follow-up process.

To learn more, visit the Civil Society FfD Group website.#

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