Third International Conference on Financing for Development

13-16 July: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between 13 and 16 July 2015. At the conference, high-level political representatives will adopt an international agreement setting out how the post-2015 sustainable development agenda will be financed.

UNDP believes the conference presents an important opportunity for the international community to adopt a financing framework every bit as bold and ambitious as the new Sustainable Development Goals.

UNDP has a large portfolio of work on financing for development (FfD). UNDP’s work on FfD ranges from supporting countries to access and programme environmental finance, to working with aid providers and recipients to exchange knowledge and make development cooperation more effective, to carrying out research and policy advice on debt sustainability, to maximizing the potential of private finance. 

We’re advocating for countries to have access to the resources they need to realize the new development agenda and improve the lives of their people. All sources of finance, public and private, domestic and international, have a critical role to play.

We believe that investing in the wellbeing of our planet and halting climate change are investments – not costs – that can generate multiple economic, social and environmental benefits both now and over time. In Addis Ababa we have a historic opportunity to lay the foundations for the success of the SDGs. 


Our blog series on Financing for Development

The macreconomics of development financing

During the summit in Addis Ababa, the world community will agree to strengthen domestic resource mobilization capacity, increase the availability of external funds, reduce the cost of sending remittances and tackle illicit financial flows. Read more

Sustainable agriculture key to green growth and reducing poverty

The production of agricultural commodities, such as palm oil, beef, soy, coffee, and cocoa, plays a pivotal role in global efforts to improve livelihoods across the globe. Sadly, agriculture is also the main driver of deforestation today. Read more

Next time could be different – Towards risk-informed development finance

History provides a stark reminder that sovereign debt crises have been and are a regular feature of international development and finance. But is this the inevitable reality of international finance? Read more

Costing crises and pricing risk: delivering on ‘sustainability’

Shocks and stresses of different kinds strain countries, communities and families, many of them seriously and have been shown to have set back development, sometimes for decades. Read more

South-South cooperation -- how can we maximize its impact on sustainable development?

South-South Cooperation is gaining new momentum as global political and economic realities change rapidly. It is also adding critical value to development. Read more

"Impact investing" benefits business, people and planet

Some say that the most critical aspect of a successful business is the customer. I would agree: A business that contributes to the wellbeing and affluence of its customers by giving back ensures that in the long run they are able to afford and continue to consume the goods and services that the business provides. Read more

Data is key to successfully implementing the SDGs

We have unprecedented data at our fingertips, yet a complete and accurate picture of international financial flows is currently difficult, if not impossible. Read more

What role for the private sector in financing the new sustainable development agenda?

A large share of the resources needed to fund the new agenda will come from the private sector - businesses, foundations and investors. Read more

More blog posts
Video: Helen Clark on FfD3
Issue Briefs
Financing for Development and UNDP

This brief provides a snapshot of some of our work on Financing for Development. 

Financing for Development: Addressing the Humanitarian – Development Divide

The Post-2015 Agenda must be accompanied by a more efficient and comprehensive architecture that is capable of building and leveraging resilience before, during and after crises.

Risk-Informed Finance for Development - Enhancing risk management and resilience through GDP-linked official lending

Managing external public debt constitutes one of the main tasks that governments around the world have to contend with on a daily basis. It is also a challenging one for many developing countries and emerging economies.


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Key publications
Discussion Paper: Risk Informed Finance for Development

Can GDP-linked official external public debt help address some of the challenges that developing countries face when managing international financial flows?

Financing for Development and Small Island Developing States

International policy debates around how SIDS can finance – and meet – the world’s new sustainable development agenda.

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