Comments by Felix Dodds for the event Overturning the Credibility Gap in Traditional PPP: the ‘People-First’ approach for national and local governments

Thank you, Geoffrey I'm, happy to contribute to this panel on People-first PPPs (full video of side event available here).

In 2015 and 2016 the multi-stakeholder Communitas Coalition which had worked on securing SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities followed up that work in a number of areas to input to Habitat III,

One of those under my colleague James Goldstein, who worked with stakeholders to produce a set of draft Principles of Public-Private Partnerships. This was recognizing that PPPs would play a role in implementing the SDGs and New Urban Agenda and that in the past they had a very bad record, particularly at the sub-national level.

AS we know there is both tremendous enthusiasm for and skepticism about the role and impact of PPPs for sustainable development.

The challenges of our urban areas are where we may win or fail in delivering the SDGs.  There are huge urban infrastructure investment requirements in developing countries over the coming years.

Let’s put on t…

Guest Blog: Top economists outline plan for a global green new deal

Guest blog from UNCTAD originally published here. Two leading economists have put forward a solution to the challenges they see facing the multilateral system of trade, investment and finance ahead of the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in the United States capital of Washington DC, running from 12 to 14 April. The ‘Geneva Principles for a Global Green New Deal’ are outlined in a new report by UNCTAD’s Richard Kozul-Wright and the University of Boston’s Kevin Gallagher. In ‘A New Multilateralism for Shared Prosperity: Geneva Principles for a Green New Deal’, they spell out five key steps that need to be taken to solve the system of “predatory rent-seeking” or “crocodile capitalism” they believe has broken the social contract established in the wake of World War II, allowing global corporations to benefit while the general public loses. In this context transnational corporations’ net income has climbed while global labour i…

2019 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

The 2019 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, one week before we head into the 16th Annual Skoll World Forum: Crisis Text Line, Harambee  Youth Employment Accelerator, mPedigree, mPharma, and Thorn. 
The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact.
“These brave entrepreneurs are on the frontlines of solving the world’s most pressing problems,” said Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. 
“Each social entrepreneur may have a distinct approach, but they all share a relentless pursuit of impact and the desire to create a more just world.”
“These leaders have demonstrated how to spark transformative change to improve health, protect vulnerable individuals, and provide new opportunities for young people,” said Richard Fahey, Interim President of the Skoll Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome these passionate problem solvers into the …

Fascinating and should be watched Sam Vaknin: the TRUE toxicity of social media revealed

This gives some very interesting analysis on social media that should make s all think about our social media activities.


An expert meeting for addressing the SDGs’ reviews in 2019 and the targets that will fall in 2020 and 2025 Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development in cooperation with UN-DESA Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development
Meeting sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Programme for the Workshop: Programme for Friends of Government meeting – march final Session 1: Importance of SDG 16 and all other SDGs for achieving the 2030 Agenda; the case of climate justice
Promoting rule of law, ending all types of violence and all sorts of illicit flows, reducing corruption and bribery, striving for effective, accountable and transparent institutions and responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels including global governance, providing legal identity, ensuring public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms, strengthening national institutions and promoting and enforcing…

Major UN report on sustainable financing says global financial architecture must be revamped April 4th

Who:   Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General What:  This major report takes stock of the progress countries are making in mobilizing financing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Now in its fourth year, the “Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019” evaluates the global landscape and makes recommendations for governments before the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF and the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development.
When:      Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 11:00 am EST

Where:     UNHQ Press Briefing room - broadcast on Findings of the report: While interest in sustainable financing is increasing, the transition to a sustainable economy is not happening at the required scale. At the same time, systemic risks are rising, and the multilateral system is under strain. The 60 agencies involved in writing the report argue that this difficulty presents an opportunity to revisit the global institutional architecture and repurpose …

My latest book now available: Governance for Sustainable Development:: Preparing for the Heads of State Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development have continued to host workshops on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2018. 

Governance for Sustainable Development Volume 3: Preparing for the Heads of State Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Paperback  was edited by Felix Dodds (Author, Editor), Akinremi Bolaji (Editor), Yeongmoo Cho (Editor), Verena Klinger-Dering (Editor), Cristina Popescu (Editor), David Banisar (Editor), Quinn McKew (Editor).

The 2030 Agenda represents one of the most important sets of Global Goals that the international community has committed to. It is an unprecedented effort that embodies universal aspirations for achieving a more just, equitable, peaceful and sustainable future. It is an excellent example of successful multilateralism. 

This ambitious and unique exercise represents a paradigm shift in policy-making for sustainable development. It gives a roadmap by which we all, the UN, governments and stakeholders can work t…