Published On: Fri, Jun 5th, 2015

Without leadership over development finance, talks in July cannot succeed

Pedestrians walk past gold products at a department store specializing in precious metals and stones in Beijing

Many things have changed since the dawning of the millennium development goals (MDGs) 15 years ago. In many ways, the world is a very different place, with a different power balance and different problems to overcome.

However, one thing has not changed and never will: without leadership, nothing that matters gets done.

But leadership is the one thing lacking as we approach the financing for development conference in Addis Ababa in July. If leadership means being the first to move, unsure perhaps of the future but nevertheless committed to building momentum for change, what we are currently seeing is the opposite.

While exhorting others to act on the myriad financial shortfalls and barriers to development progress, the world’s leaders are hiding behind a variety of excuses for their own failure to jump first. The general sentiment appears to be, “We have problems of our own – can someone else sort this out?”

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