The Addis Ababa 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development ended with an outcome document that raised different level of dissatisfaction among key stakeholders chief of which is that the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) provides very weak language on the means and mechanisms required to deliver a new sustainable development agenda in the next 15 years.
The level of unfulfilled expectations in Addis-Ababa places very high the hope that the upcoming final stage of the negotiations for the Post 2015 sustainable development agenda in New York, and the Paris UNFCCC conference of Parties will provide a platform for more constructive engagement and commitment towards the transformative agenda and means of implementation we desperately need to protect our planet and take humanity on a path of prosperity.
However, what is most important for Africa and its leaders now is what the Addis outcome means for post 2015, as well as Agenda 2063. Likewise, African citizens through the CSO community would like to know what the Addis outcome means for advocacy between now and September 2015, as well as beyond at local, national and regional levels.
This position paper looks at the AAAA in that perspective with a view to drawing positive lessons from the FfD negotiation process and building a basis for securing African interests. This input goes beyond mere critique and disappointment with the AAAA outcome to focus on possible avenues that African policy makers and citizens will have to consider as they engage further in the Post 2015 process.