Competing for Finance and Resources

Sub-Plenary Session 1
October 6, 14:30 – 16:00, Venue: Neue Mälzerei/Plenarsaal

The debate on international development cooperation has been dominated by the Financing for Development process and the Agenda 2030, both culminating in major international conferences in Addis Ababa (July 2015) and New York (September 2015).

The results of these conferences present nothing less than a new financing architecture for international development and will shape international cooperation, particularly in the area of good governance, for years to come:

A new global partnership for sustainable development has been introduced, as universal and binding sustainable development goals have been agreed on. This is going to further strengthen the relevance of good governance on all levels of government – global, regional, national and local.
The “means of implementation” for the Agenda 2030 have been provided to a large extent by the Financing for Development process. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda underlines that funds need to be mobilised from all financing sources: national and international, public and private. The responsibility and ownership of developing countries is highlighted: domestic resource mobilisation as well as fighting illicit financial flows is central in this regard. In this context, aspects such as transparency of public finance systems and the fairness of national as well as international tax systems are key elements of political reforms.

Against this background, international cooperation in taxation and public finances is about to change. This sub-plenary will analyse and discuss the outcomes and the implications of Addis Ababa Action Agenda for enhanced resource mobilization and subsequently development cooperation.

Main questions tackled are:

What are the implications of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda with regard to international cooperation in taxation and public finances?

What are necessary and possible contributions from industrialised and developing countries to foster efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and fairness in national and international tax systems?

How can capacities for effective implementation be strengthened?

In order to answer these questions, the conference will look at the matter from the following angles:

the view “from above”: academia, theory

the view “from inside”: political decision-makers present during negotiations

the view “from the ground”: practitioners in partner countries/development practitioners


Dominik Ziller, Head of Directorate ”Global processes; financing for development; effectiveness”, BMZ (confirmed)
Christian von Haldenwang, Senior Researcher, DIE – German Development Institute (confirmed)
Edward Abrokwah, Senior Economist, Ministry of Finance, Ghana (confirmed)
Matthias Witt, Head of Programme Good Financial Governance in Africa, GIZ (confirmed)

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