“Leaving no one behind calls for far-reaching changes in the way development agencies operate”
Interview

“Leaving no one behind calls for far-reaching changes in the way development agencies operate”

“Challenge 2015. Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No One Behind” is the title of the ATD Fourth World Report to assess the MDGs and prepare for post-2015. What assessment can be made of the MDGs? Are the SDGs really different? An interview with Xavier Godinot, Delegate for...
Xavier Godinot
Why we need independent critique to achieve the SDGs: the role of academics
Opinion

Why we need independent critique to achieve the SDGs: the role of academics

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets contained in Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and negotiated between 193 diverse UN member states are by definition imperfect. Not a single country or person would have written the Agenda as it is if...
Ruth Blackshaw, Robert Lepenies, Henrieke Max
Financing development through better domestic resource mobilization
Opinion

Financing development through better domestic resource mobilization

Over the last 15 years, developing countries have increased domestic revenues by on average 14% annually. The domestic revenues of developing economies amounted to USD 7.7 trillion in 2012 ; that’s USD 6 trillion more than in 2000. Domestic resources are the largest, most important and most...
Gail Hurley, Nergis Gülasan
Six critical areas for stability in West Africa
To achieve the SDGs: partnerships and commitments by the North and South
Interview

To achieve the SDGs: partnerships and commitments by the North and South

The SDGs – there are 17 of them – are even more ambitious than the MDGs and include the plan to eradicate poverty. The question remains of how to implement them, as Friederike Röder, Director of ONE France, explains.
Friederike Röder
The exhaustive nature of the SDGs: what impacts for development agencies?
Opinion

The exhaustive nature of the SDGs: what impacts for development agencies?

The new global “sustainable” development goals (SDGs) not only target geographical universality, but also the convergence of thematic agendas. This poses a challenge for governments worldwide. It is also a challenge for international aid in terms of providing the best possible support to the...
Hubert de Milly
Putting local authorities back at the center of humanitarian action
Interview

Putting local authorities back at the center of humanitarian action

When we bring up the subject of “humanitarian action”, “NGOs” very often come to mind. But what role do local authorities play? An interview with Bertrand Gallet, Managing Director of CUF (Cités Unies France) and President of ACTED, an NGO set up at the initiative of the Convergences Forum.
Bertrand Gallet
Breaking the taboo of failure to better meet development challenges
Opinion

Breaking the taboo of failure to better meet development challenges

It is often difficult to admit one’s mistakes, especially in the field of international cooperation, where there is a high level of accountability and the focus is continuously on the sustainability of actions. The consequence? Little or no capitalization on failures, which tend to repeat...
Julie Aubriot
Science for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Opinion

Science for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

As it was the case following the adoption of the MDGs, all development stakeholders are seeking to position themselves as key actors to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Their very existence even relies on it! The scientific community must also revise its roadmap in...
Jean-Marc Châtaigner
Reducing inequalities on the menu of the SDGs!
Opinion

Reducing inequalities on the menu of the SDGs!

The SDGs turn the page on the MDGs. They aim to place both rich and poor economies on sustainable development trajectories over the next 15 years. Is this idealistic or realistic?
Tancrède Voituriez, Lucas Chancel
Crisis and post-crisis situations: Development agencies are also concerned!
Opinion

Crisis and post-crisis situations: Development agencies are also concerned!

2.6 billion people have been affected by natural disasters over the past ten years. Over 1.5 billion human beings are today living in countries affected by a violent armed conflict. There are 60 million refugees around the world. “Crises” are no longer an exception. From the tragedy in the...
Pierre Salignon, Olivier Ray
Post-Arab Spring: Sustainable development via a nexus approach
Opinion

Post-Arab Spring: Sustainable development via a nexus approach

In September 2015, Arab countries will need to commit to contributing to the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving them poses an even greater challenge since the Arab Spring has reversed the social and economic progress that these countries had experienced at the beginning of...
Samir Aita
Paying the price required to lift a country out of chaos is profitable
Opinion

Paying the price required to lift a country out of chaos is profitable

In crisis countries, international aid is parsimonious, or even minimal, and often imbalanced between military and civil expenditure. Yet experience has shown that to be effective, aid must reach a certain threshold. It can then be shown that in terms of investment, it is profitable.
Éric Beugnot, Hervé Conan
Financing sustainable development: The resources are already in the South
Opinion

Financing sustainable development: The resources are already in the South

In July, in Addis Ababa, the world’s States will define a financing strategy to meet the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The resources allocated to development by developed countries will not be sufficient to finance this new agenda. There is one solution in order to...
Yves Guicquero
Migration does not necessarily need to rhyme with repression
Opinion

Migration does not necessarily need to rhyme with repression

Over 1,100 people died off the coast of Lampedusa during the night of 19-20 April 2015, which brings the number of migrant deaths to 1,800 since the beginning of the year. This tragic record adds to the recurrent disasters related to current events in the Euro-Mediterranean region: 220,000 people...
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden
Aid in conflict areas: let’s break down the barriers between the sectors
Interview

Aid in conflict areas: let’s break down the barriers between the sectors

For children in conflict areas, education can often remain elusive during periods of violence and for years after. What are the main challenges to address for the education sector in such contexts ? Interview with Sarah Beeching, Executive Director of Oshun Partnership and speaker in the recent...
Sarah Beeching
Crafting Institutions for Localized Aid
Opinion

Crafting Institutions for Localized Aid

Today, most development practitioners agree that “going local” should be the way to deliver foreign aid. However, while this idea is widely embraced in principle, turning it into action is the hard problem. After all, aid professionals are steeped in the framework of universal best practices. In...
Yuen Yuen Ang
Financing development post-2015: Change everything without anything changing?
Opinion

Financing development post-2015: Change everything without anything changing?

The scale of financing needs for sustainable development estimated by the United Nations exceeds a thousand billion dollars a year. ODA looks like the last coins emptied from a money box in comparison. The conference on financing for development that will be held in Addis Ababa in July must lead...
Tancrède Voituriez
Corruption runs counter to economic interest
Interview

Corruption runs counter to economic interest

According to the report by the NGO ONE “Heist of the Century”, every year, at least a thousand billion dollars are leaked from the world’s poorest countries due to money laundering, tax fraud and corruption. “Good governance”, transparency and the fight against corruption are criteria that are...
Nathalie Delapalme
Central African Republic crisis: it's all about trust!
Opinion

Central African Republic crisis: it's all about trust!

Since March 2013, the Central African Republic has been experiencing an unprecedented political, security and humanitarian crisis. This chaos is the result of the deep crisis of confidence that has existed in the country since it was created in 1958. The partners working to resolve this crisis...
Shérazade Gatfaoui
Post-conflict statebuilding: three key questions
Opinion

Post-conflict statebuilding: three key questions

For several years and for very different conflicts, the “international community” has systematically recommended statebuilding. It is presented as one of the obvious solution to these conflicts and appears in the manual for international interventions. Given the difficulties and failures that...
Thierry Vircoulon
Building Resilience in Africa’s Fragile States
Opinion

Building Resilience in Africa’s Fragile States

About a billion people, a majority in Africa, live in fragile states—countries in which the government is impaired to deliver basic public services to the population and promote security and development. These states have an elevated risk of both political and economic instability. Some countries...
Roger Nord
Taking population dynamics into account to achieve more inclusive development in Africa
Opinion

Taking population dynamics into account to achieve more inclusive development in Africa

The strong growth in Africa in recent years needs to be put into perspective. Indeed, the continent’s demography and unequal distribution of wealth undermine the expected impact. This growth does, nevertheless, generate a surplus. Its conversion into sustainable development now needs to be...
Martin Fleury
CAR: What responses can international partners provide to the crisis?