Saskia Hollander is executive director at The Broker. She holds a PhD in political science from Radboud University Nijmegen. She previously worked at the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). Her professional interests include democratic institutions, the quality of democracy, political participation, and political and economic inequality.
Now that Official Development Assistance (ODA) has been declining for the past few years, academic discussions on how to attract additional public and private sources of funding for sustainable development are heating up.
The emerging powers, the BRICS, as well as countries like Turkey and Indonesia, are currently taking the lead in claiming more participation and influence for the South in international decision-making, not only at the WTO and climate negotiations, but also in the process of formulating the post-2015 development agenda. At the same time, the North has called on them to take their share of the responsibility in delivering ‘global public goods’.
Now that the work of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is coming to an end, the question of finance casts a dark shadow over the final round of negotiations. Last week, the Group of 77 (G77) and China presented their common on how to implement and finance the SDGs, to serve as input for this week’s OWG session. Perceived by some as an important milestone and a robust symbol of a common Southern voice, others see the statement as heralding the risk of deadlock between the North and the South.
While the European Commission has all the potential to play a significant role in development cooperation, the EU member states lack the political will and courage to do so.