2030 Agenda and Financing for Development

2015 was a big year for global development. Not least because of the Post-2015 or 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development process. The 2030 Agenda, being led by the United Nations, defines the global development framework that succeeds the UN Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight global development targets which came to an end in 2015.

The new set of goals — the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — set an ambitious development agenda for the next fifteen years. The SDGs comprise 17 goals and aim to address the three aspects of sustainable development: economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection.

Fiscal transparency, participation, and accountability should be central to the sustainable development framework and Financing for Development. Together with our partners, we developed a brief and have been campaigning for transparency, accountability, and participation to be at the heart of the sustainable development agenda. We have called on the UN to adopt three interrelated recommendations:

  • Full transparency on government revenues, aid, and spending targeted to each of the development goals.
  • Increase space for public participation. This includes opportunities for public participation throughout the budget process, including participatory budgeting, legislative public hearings and social audits.
  • Join the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and deliver on the High Level Principles enshrined in UN Resolution 67/218.

There has been positive news as budget transparency and participation featured in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, or the Financing for Development outcome document, which is important for the SDGs means of implementation and financing beyond the next fifteen years.

However, there is room for improvement and action.

We are continuing to engage governments, civil society, and the UN to ensure fiscal transparency and participation feature in the SDG indicators and monitoring framework. You can find out more about our recommendations to governments and the UN in our blog on Open Budgets for the Sustainable Development Goals. For more information or to join us in our advocacy efforts, please contact Claire Schouten at cschouten@internationalbudget.org.

Recent Activities

  • On 26 May 2017 in New York, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the International Budget Partnership (IBP) convened representatives of ministries of finance, supreme audit institutions, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and bilateral development partners for a one-day workshop on “Budgeting for the SDGs: Progress in Budget Reforms, Monitoring and Accountability for the SDGs”. The workshop aimed to share good practices on budget reporting, monitoring, and accountability and to develop practical, collaborative actions to help governments fulfill their commitments to sustainable development. Read a summary note of the workshop here.
  • The Budget Brief “Tracking Spending on the Sustainable Development Goals: What Have We Learned from the Millennium Development Goals?” explores good practices and lessons learned from monitoring of government budgets and expenditure on the Millennium Development Goals, featuring summaries of case studies from eleven countries.

Publications and Statements