Report from Addis Ababa

NGOs who went to the Financing for Development conference reported that NGOs were very happy about the strong, united voice from civil society (over 600 NGOs were there) and the good side events, particularly one sponsored by Baha’i International. On the other hand, they were disappointed in the negotiations and their outcome. There were too many “deals” made behind the scenes and lack of transparency. There also were some problems with the venue: for example, the G-77 (negotiating group of developing countries) had no space to meet.