5 Twitter Accounts to Follow & 5 Posts to Read Before #FFD3

July 10, 2015

By Ryan Erenhouse

Next week kicks off the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, or #FFD3 as it’s succinctly tagged on social media. The discussions and working sessions in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia, will be devoted to determining financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals that expire this year.

The 17 SDGs are designed to set a new, comprehensive approach to global development for the next 15 years. Thus, the scope of discussions about their potential impact is enormous.

Here’s a list of 5 Twitter accounts to follow and 5 articles to read to get you up to speed on everything from the core issues to the cutting edge of discussion before Addis. Happy reading—and be sure to check back on the Center site as we post analysis and key coverage in the week ahead!

5 Twitter Accounts to Follow:

@IISDRS (International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services): Described as an “up-to-the-minute source for environmental and sustainable development goals,” this feed is a great resource for breaking news from around the world relating to the SDGs.

@WorldWeWant2015 (WorldWeWant2015): The role of data both in delivering and measuring success is a major topic of discussion around the SDGs. This account provides an excellent source for data visualizations in English, Spanish and French.

@devex (Devex): Great for varied news about challenges and innovations in the field of funding for development—if you’re looking to get an immersive briefing on discussions about the intersection of business and development before Addis, start here.

@HelenClarkUNDP (Helen Clark): The UN Development Fund’s Administrator will be moderating a key panel in Addis on global partnerships. Follow her for insights straight from the source.

@UNCDF (United Nations Capital Development Fund): Follow for official announcements and news about how overcoming financing challenges can help make a difference on the ground.


5 Pieces to Read: 

For a primer on what the Sustainable Development Goals are and how they differ from the Millennium Development Goals (and why), check out this article: Sustainable development goals: all you need to know

To understand why watching developments from Addis is so important, read this article on where funding for the Sustainable Development Goals matters: Financing for development: What is at stake?

This great article from Paul Ladd, UNDP Director for the Post-2015 Goals, offers an expansive view of what the Sustainable Development Goals mean for the private sector and their everyday impact: Opinion: SDGs, FfD and Every Single Dollar in the World

This article offers some proposals to optimize public-private partnerships to ensure the successful implementation of the SDGs: SDGs and the private sector: Creating a win-win scenario

Finally, to think about what constitutes success at Addis (and, of equal importance, what comes after Addis): 150 Days to Development Finance Success

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