Financing for sustainable development

4 February 2015 09:30 - 12:30 GMT+00
Public event
Streamed live online



Kevin Watkins - Executive Director, ODI

Keynote speaker

Professor Jeffrey Sachs - Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University and key architect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)


Romilly Greenhill - Team Leader Development Finance, lead author of forthcoming ODI flagship report on the role of international public finance in meeting the SDGs (to be published spring 2015)

Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen - Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations and Co-Chair, Third International Conference on Financing for Development

Aggrey Tisa Sabuni - Economic Adviser to the President and  former Minister of Finance, South Sudan



2015 is a key year in the fight against global poverty. Governments will adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period to 2030. Prospects for achieving those goals will be greatly enhanced by a successful outcome at the United Nations’ Financing for Development summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The year will close with the Paris climate change summit. To mark this crucial year, ODI is launching #GlobalChallenges – a new debate series bringing together the world’s most influential thinkers, decision makers, business leaders and opinion makers to discuss both the opportunity and challenge that this year presents. The aim is to share ideas, debate and highlight practical action on these major global issues that often don’t get air-time in the domestically focussed public agenda.


The first of these events, Financing for sustainable development, will focus on the critical role of international public finance as a driver for poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Speakers will include Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

This will be followed by a panel discussion and public debate. The discussion will focus on some of the key challenges facing policy makers in areas ranging from the role of public finance in advancing the SDGs, country allocation of aid, and approaches to aid delivery and coordination, and the role of development assistance in leveraging private finance.

Financing for sustainable development will be livestreamed to a global audience - register now.

Places are limited: to register your interest in attending in person, please email You will be contacted by the ODI events team if a place becomes available.




Given the changing nature and the proliferation of new sources and mechanisms of development finance, how can international public finance meet the challenges of our new era? To take these discussions further and explore how international public finance can best contribute to accelerating progress in development from 2015, identify specific contributions to the Financing for Development process and influence key decision-makers ahead of the July summit, ODI are also hosting Financing the future: fresh perspectives on global developmentin Accra, Ghana from 17 – 18 March to convene international stakeholders and dig deep into these critical issues.


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