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Official ODA Must Complement Local Development Delivery Models

Huffington Post: Can We Finance Sustainable Development?
Chris W. Williams, executive director of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

“…Increasingly, innovative citizens are creatively devising south-south, country-to-country delivery models for development. … Donor funds can now form a much smaller portion of the resources required to solve the development challenges in the global South. The question for governments that continue to provide official ODA is therefore how best to apply funds that can leverage these different sources of domestic capital? One of the answers lies in innovative financing methods for development. Global multi-stakeholder partnerships have proven successful in the field of health, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), and the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI). All of these funds use ODA efficiently by leveraging community savings, public investment, and private capital, therefore putting into action the principles behind the SDGs. … Gone are the days of large country offices and mega-programming that has shown a dearth of results. The answer lies in home-grown solutions that can demonstrate scale. In fifteen years when the Sustainable Development Goals are evaluated, let’s be sure that we harnessed the collective wisdom of the people that matter most” (7/13).

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