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Session 2, The critical role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in development cooperation post-2015, 2014 Development Cooperation Forum
10 Jul 2014 -  ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum
Theme: “Bringing the future of development cooperation to post-2015” - Session 2: “The critical role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in development cooperation post-2015”
Discussion questions
• Why do we need more and better ODA in a world where ODA is increasingly outshined by other sources of development finance?
• With a post-2015 agenda aimed at addressing global challenges and the unfinished business of the MDGs, how can we ensure that aid goes where it is most needed?
• What roles will ODA have to play in future to meet the demands of different countries?
• Where and how can ODA have the greatest impact in leveraging other sources of development cooperation?

Chair
His Excellency Martin Sajdik (Austria), President of the Economic and Social Council

Moderator
Mr. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Keynote address
Ms. Judith Randel, Executive Director, Development Initiatives, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Panellists
His Excellency Fulbert Amoussouga Géro, Minister at the Presidency of the Republic of Benin, in charge of coordinating policies and implementation of the MDGs and the SDGs
His Excellency Nguyen The Phuong, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam
Mr. Erik Solheim, Chair, Development Assistance Committee, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Mr. José Antonio Alonso, Professor, Universidad Complutense of Madrid

Lead discussant
Ms. María Eugenia Casar, Associate Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

Interactive discussion