[The GPI approach] represents not just a reframing and reimagining of “aid” as we know it, but a profound and urgent call to action.
Hannah Wanjie Ryder
As countries struggle to address health, social and economic fall-outs of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing remains clear: the ideals of equality, dignity and justice are as relevant now as they were during civil rights and anti-colonial movements of the previous century. We urgently need governments across the world to reinforce international obligations to advance human rights and civic freedoms, and ensure that civil society is an equal partner in the achievement of an equal and sustainable world. … Rethinking aid as a GPI is critical if we are to secure our undeniably inter-dependent future.
In a time of growing suspicion of multilateralism, … GPI is a most needed roadmap to tackle intractable challenges and to revive the 2030 Agenda.
[The GPI approach] articulates what many intuitively feel but few say out loud: that aid needs reformed, increased and maintained for the long term. Not charity, but smart investment in a more just and sustainable world.
The world needs to build back better following the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis. This will require an extraordinary amount of resources in all countries. [The] innovative concept of GPI offers the best opportunity to date to succeed in this vital effort.
Aid is obsolete. But, in an era of pandemic, climate change and rising inequality effective international cooperation is an existential issue for humanity. [GPI] lays out both a new paradigm and a practical agenda for international public financing to achieve social justice and sustainability. The arguments are radical but feasible – a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in global development.
The change of approach … fits perfectly in the spirit that guided the development of Agenda 2030, with solidarity as the backdrop. GPI is a platform meriting proper consideration… and a potential rallying point as we plan ahead how to reconstruct the socio-economic fabric after the pandemic.
A new vision for global public finance has been long overdue. The concept of GPI comes at the right time, when we urgently need new ideas to shape the future of public finance. Poverty, inequality, fragility and access to food, water and other essential resources remain critical headwinds the world must tackle to become sustainable and stable. None of them can be tackled without adequate financing. They require new international financing mechanisms which build on the past but respond to the future. GPI is an idea whose time has come.
José Antonio Alonso
Today’s world is very different from that in which international aid was created. New international powers have emerged, the range of official and private providers has enlarged, and new and more complex issues threaten our future progress and wellbeing. In accordance, we are obliged to go beyond aid and transit to a more ambitious and inclusive system of public collective action at the international level. GPI draws up some of the required components of this alternative approach.
Covid-19 threatens to plunge millions of people back into poverty. We need unprecedented ambition to respond to this extraordinary crisis, and to other challenges such as climate change. [The GPI approach] sets out one part of the answer.