Infrastructure finance: Can democracy prevail in the global policy debate?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Developing and upgrading high quality, sustainable and resilient infrastructure is at the center of one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which the international community is expected to adopt at a UN-convened Summit in September. Infrastructure is also seen as a sort of cross-cutting issue, since goals that deal with health, education, jobs and agriculture, to name a few, will hardly be achieved without being able to meet the attendant infrastructure requirements.

But the debate of a proposed infrastructure initiative within the United Nations proves to be a revealing case study of how the Group of 20, an informal entity with restricted membership, has been able to influence and pre-empt outcomes in a formal, universal membership institution such as the UN. 

In an article appeared in the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s newsletter G20 Update (Issue # 23, page 14), RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari tells how this is happening in the debate occurring in the context of negotiating the outcome document of the UN Financing for Development Conference which will take place in Addis Ababa in July 2015. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/Rod with additional graphic work: Heinrich Boell Foundation)


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