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North-South Struggles over Financing for Development: State, Society and Market in the Global Age 

Dena Freemann

London School of Economics and Political Science

As governments applauded the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, bitter negotiations were taking place regarding where the money would come from to pay for their implementation. At the UN’s Financing for Development Conference in Addis Abeba there was a marked North-South divide on this issue, with the G77 countries calling for a reform of the global tax system that would allow them to better collect taxes from multinational companies, while the OECD countries pushed for an extension of the role of the private sector in development activities. This lecture offers a critical analysis the various positions in this struggle and discusses the implications of the outcome for development, inequality and society. 


July 12, 2017


Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Weyertal 59
50937 Köln