Remarks by Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, at the Stakeholder Day of the 4th Meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Indonesia

Monday, March 25, 2013
Deputy Administrator Steinberg


It's a great honor to moderate this panel on the Framework and Priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

I wanted to take a few moments at the start to introduce the panel and the panelists. We will be looking back over changes since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established, looking forward to the post-2015 goals, and even looking inward as we consider how we as governments, international organizations, civil society, and private companies can play our full and proper roles in this exercise.

We start from the premise that no single institution has a monopoly on financial or human resources, ground truth, good ideas, or moral authority--we are stronger and more effective when we work in partnership.

This is reinforced by the knowledge that each institution must adapt to changes in the global environment in the decade-plus since the adoption of the MDGs. We have seen the democratization of development, where partners, country governments, civil society, and businesses are demanding ownership over their own development destinies, no longer willing to accept policies and programs made exclusively in Washington, Brussels, or Beijing.

We have seen a proliferation of funding sources for development, where official development assistance is paired with philanthropic giving, remittances, private investment and, most importantly, domestic resource

mobilization. As a result, such assistance can be used creatively to reduce the risk of host country and private sector investments, to leverage other people's money, to provide technical assistance, and to form public-private partnerships through our convening authority.

We have also seen great progress in moving hundreds of millions of people across the poverty line and the growing application of science, technology, and innovation to the challenges of food security, child and maternal survival, climate change adaptation and remediation, water and sanitation, women's empowerment, and related goals that made it possible for my president to pledge to work with our partners to end extreme poverty within two decades.

We have also seen a new focus on inclusive development in two senses. First, development must be more than 6 and 8 and 10 percent growth rates--it must create jobs, eliminate poverty, address housing, healthcare and education, and be equitably distributed. Second, development must be a "whole of society" endeavor that meets the needs, reflects the aspirations, and draws on the contributions of marginalized groups: women, youth, people with disabilities, indigenous people, ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBT community. 

We have an expression at USAID: "Nothing about them without them."

Two models that reflect these changes:

First, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition has brought together aid donors with six African countries to improve outputs for 50 million farmers, drawing on the priorities of these farmers themselves and the investment of more than $3.5 billion from 70 companies, half of them local African firms.

Second, the Call to Action in Child Survival rallied 170 countries to come pledge to eliminate preventable death within a generation. Donor countries, UNICEF, foundations, 200 civil society organizations, 220 faith-based groups, and host countries themselves are coming together to make this dream a reality.


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