Endorsements for GPI

The GPI approach is our best bet for modernising international public finance for the 21st century.

Rt Hon Helen Clark Former New Zealand Prime Minister and former UNDP Administrator

Internationalist perspectives seem to be losing ground just when the world needs them most. This can be changed, if people put pressure on leaders to choose bold responses based on solidarity. [There is a] a convincing case for GPI based on statutory contributions (rather than patronising “aid” from rich to poor countries) as a necessary element to deal with the challenges we face.

Jayati Ghosh Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

With COVID-19 underlining the inequalities and unsustainability of the current structure of development finance, big new ideas are needed. That is what [GPI] provides.

Homi Kharas Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

[The GPI approach] not only provides very practical ideas on how countries could come together to fight immediate global challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, but also offers a framework on how to sustainably finance the SDGs. It … should shape global policy and development co-operation in years to come.

Vitalice Meja Executive Director, Reality of Aid Africa

The world can no longer be seen as a patchwork of countries, but as a global community working towards common goals. From the objectives to the practices of development cooperation, this book presents the key areas of debate and the types of creative thinking needed in the future. [The GPI approach] is an invitation to the development community to re-imagine itself by questioning some strongly held beliefs about international cooperation. The world has changed from how it was seen at the beginning of this century. This is a must-read for anyone interested in a new international response to global problems.

Andrea Ordóñez  Director, Southern Voice

By boldly thinking outside the box and challenging the conventional wisdom regarding aid, GPI offers an entirely new approach to how we should confront the global challenges of the 21st century. Calling for a sweeping change in the objectives, concepts and practice of development finance, it will garner support from scholars and practitioners alike.

André de Mello e Souza Senior Researcher, Institute for Applied Economic Research, Rio de Janeiro

Global social justice is the ultimate global public good. We need GPI to make global social justice happen.

Gorik Ooms Honorary Professor of Global Health Law & Governance, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

GPI is an exciting new concept in which public funds are a proactive and long-term investment in the common endeavour of development.

Nora Lester Murad Founder, Dalia Association, Ramallah

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.

Andy Sumner Professor of International Development, King's College, London

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.

José Antonio Alonso Professor of Applied Economics, Complutense University, Madrid, and member of UN Committee for Development Policy

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.

Harpinder Collacott Executive Director, Development Initiatives

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.

Francisco Songane Former Minister of Health of Mozambique and Founding Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

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.

David Hulme Professor of Development Studies and Executive Director, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

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.

Christoph Benn Director, Global Health Diplomacy, Joep Lange Institute and former Director of External Relations, Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

[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.

David McNair Executive Director, Global Policy, The ONE Campaign

In a time of growing suspicion of multilateralism, … GPI is a most needed roadmap to tackle intractable challenges and to revive the 2030 Agenda.

Paulo Esteves Director, BRICS Policy Center

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.

Lysa John Secretary-General, Civicus (global alliance of civil society)

[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 CEO, Development Reimagined, Beijing