In a new op-ed in The Guardian, Yana Watson Kakar, Matthew MacDevette and James Mwangi of Dalberg discuss three ways that developing countries can increase their own domestic resources for financing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
As they explain,
Financing the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), for example, will require more than the combined GDP of Africa’s 30 biggest economies in additional funds every year. A big ask – so where should the money come from? Given that the funding needed is nearly 20 times last year’s official international aid flows, it’s safe to say that more aid from international donors cannot continue to be the primary focus.
So what if we tapped into the considerable resources of the developing countries themselves? Often overlooked, these countries’ tax revenues, natural resource revenues, private domestic savings, pension funds, private equity markets, stock markets, and remittances, taken together, are significantly larger than aid flows – and are growing rapidly. If harnessed to finance development, these resources could enormously accelerate the rate at which the SDGs are achieved.
Read more of this insightful piece here.