Beyond 2015: Reactions, Reports, Research

This page contains links to post-2015 reactions, reports and research produced by Beyond 2015 participating organisations and others.
For Beyond 2015 reactions to OWG documents, click here.
Post-2015 Reports and Research
Can ordinary people shape development outcomes?, Mariana Rudge, UK Coordinator of Beyond 2015
The ecological dimension in the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. Position paper of German Environment and Development Organisations, November 2013
Open letter to Amina Mohamed concerning the Synthesis Report of the Secretary General. German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, October 16, 2014

Inequality in a post-2015 framework, BOND Beyond 2015 UK, September 2014

Environmental Sustainability in a post-2015 framework, BOND Beyond 2015 UK, September 2014

Land Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda. International Land Coalition. 2014 (French and Spanish versions also available).
July 2014. Global Policy Forum publishes guide to environmental-social budgeting: International development policy is at a crossroads. By September 2015, governments plan to adopt a Post-2015 Development Agenda – an agenda that is supposed to shape the fundamental priorities, goals and strategies for development policy beyond 2015. The new GPF publication describes possible entry points for shaping fiscal policy in accordance with sustainability criteria and shows how to use them in order to achieve environmental-social budgets. It uses the budget cycle as a tool in identifying such entry points, from the drafting of the budget to policy implementation and monitoring of the results.
The United Nations is inching closer to defining the post-2015 development agenda, as the second session of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development concluded and the thirteenth and final meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals begin. So far neither of these two fundamental processes has be- gun to define how powerful actors, including transnational corporations, will be held to account for their contribu- tions – or damage – to sustainable development or to the lives and livelihoods of the people claimed to be at its center.
In this second installment of our new briefing series on Corporate Influence, Global Policy Forum is pleased to share specific questions and recommendations related to the HLPF as the locus of accountability for the post-2015 agenda, for both States and their “partners” in sustainable development initiatives.
These recommendations are based on input from Save the Children’s experts and staff from around the world and the organisation’s proposed Post-2015 Development Agenda, Framework for the Future.
Save the Children’s recommendations identify critical targets and concrete language amends that are transformative, universal,measurable and implementable.
The underlying ideas and principles of the concept of ‘Policy Coherence for Development’ (PCD) are relevant for post-2015 discussions. Yet, conceptual and political challenges exist when promoting the PCD concept as developed in the OECD and the EU as a universal concept in the global discussions. Various ideas and principles of PCD can be mainstreamed in the post-2015 framework without using strong PCD jargon. These include targets for means of Implementation in thematic areas, targets in relation to capacity building for more integrated and evidence-based policy-making and efforts to build a strong accountability framework.

A world without forced migration: Why migrants should support the call for development justice

This July 2014 briefing from the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) and Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development puts forward the radical shift needed if the Post-2015 development agenda is to induce a just, equitable and sustainable development for the people and address the inequities – between countries, between the rich and poor within countries, and between men and women – that maintain the current nature of migration and the exploitation of migrants.

Landesa’s Land Rights Post 2015 Infographic

Landesa’s Land Rights Stat Cards

Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poor women and men, recently launched a new infographic designed to help inform the deliberations of the Open Working Group (OWG), which was established in January 2013,  by the UN General Assembly as a key group to help shape the post-2015 sustainable development framework.

The Ecological Dimension in the Post-2015 Agenda

German environmental and development organizations have drafted a set of ecological sustainability goals to be included in the Post-2015 Agenda. These suggestions are intended to focus attention on existential ecological baselines as well as the necessity of regarding ecology as an integral part of the new Post-2015 Agenda. Particular emphasis was given to issues that have so far received little attention from existing conventions and international processes. The following proposed goals assume that issues are cross-cutting and that they will be linked with each other as well as with development goals.

The World We Want: Bangladeshi Youth Voices on a post-2015 World

This report summarizes the discussions and findings of the three youth consultations held in Bangladesh between August and October 2013. It highlights important principles and ideas that young people have to improve the world they live in. The consultations gathered 84 youth representatives from 30 youth-led organizations and institutions to understand young people’s vision of a post-MDG world and ensure that their voices are heard at the national and global level.

Working out our future together: Four steps towards ending global poverty

2013 Cambridge International Development Report, Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge University
A four-part manifesto for fighting global poverty, which aims to build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015, has been published by the Humanitarian Centre in Cambridge. The document is designed to show how anyone can, and must, get involved in the drive to end global poverty – whether they are volunteers, policy-makers, business-people or even shoppers.

Colloquium on Finding Relevance in a Globalised World: (Building a Post MDG Scenario)

By a group of Post-Graduate Students of PGDM-Development Studies (pursuing) with their mentors and faculty, 21 September, 2013

We, participants of the Colloquium have analysed the efforts of the global community to reach a common articulation of some of the most crucial issues in the world through the formulation of the ‘Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs). The MDGs framework is essential for the nations of the world to progress together and assure their responsibility and accountability to the people. While there has been some progress in achieving the objectives of the MDGs as was envisaged in the Millennium Declaration, there remains a lot to be achieved.

Emerging perspectives of African youth on a post-2015 development framework

African Monitor, 2013

The Voice Africa’s Future initiative was rolled out in 10 countries: offline work is being undertaken in Burkina Faso, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia, and online work – the subject of this report – in six countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) to create a platform to enable youth to participate in post-2015 process and ensure that their voices are heard. Through various events, roundtables and thousands of SMSs, African youth were able to express their vision for post-2015 Africa.

The Geography of Poverty, Disasters and Climate Extremes in 2030

Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK Met Office and Risk Management Solutions, October 2103

This report examines the relationship between disasters and poverty. It suggests that the post-2015 development goals must include targets on disasters and climate change, recognising the threat they pose to the headline goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.

Global Development Goals: Leaving no one behind

United Nations Association UK, Sept 2013

The report considers the context in which the MDGs were developed, assesses progress to date, offers views on achieving the 2015 targets, and provides insights into the creation of the post-2015 agenda.

The Post 2015 Water Thematic Consultation

The World We Want 2015, August 2013

The World We Want 2015 Water Thematic Consultation, facilitated under the umbrella of UN-Water, co-led by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and co-hosted by Jordan, Liberia, Mozambique, the Netherlands and Switzerland has helped define the role of water in the post-2015 development agenda.

A Life of Dignity for All – Accelerating progress towards the MDGs and advancing the UN development agenda beyond 2015

(عربي, 中文, English, Français, Русский, Español)

Report of the Secretary-General, July 26, 2013

According to the latest report from the UN Secretary-General, the “new post-2015 era demands a new vision” and a new universal agenda. Sustainable development – which must become both a global guiding principle and an operational standard – will require deep economic transformations and a new global partnership.

Joint Statement of CSOs in South Korea in response to the UN High-Level Panel Report on Post-2015 Development Agenda

Beyond 2015 Korea, July 3, 2013

Following the Beyond 2015 Korea position paper (Feb 2013) and the ADA1 statement (June 2013), Beyond 2015 Korea would like to express the opinion of the South Korean Civil Society in response to the “Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” (hereinafter “UN-HLP Report”), submitted to the UN Secretary-General on 30 May 2013.

The Future We Want to Work On: (European) Think Piece for the SDG-Framework from the NGO Point of View

ANPED, 2013

ANPED, a debate the with international several networks NGO-network in Europe together working with on CIDSE development and EEB took and the environmental initiative to issues. The main goal was to have a clearer picture and joint strategy on how to link and eventually merge the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) process with the Beyond 2015 process (Millennium Development Goals MDGs). As both processes are being followed up in two more or less different circuits, ENV/SD and DEV, constant communication is important between each other on one hand, and with other relevant/(interested) networks (health, finance, etc.) on the other hand to be on line with a participatory, inclusive and relevant approach also at this phase.

The Importance of Early Childhood Development to Education

The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Developmen, March 19, 2013

Expansion and improvement of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is the first goal in the Education for All (EFA) Dakar Framework. While progress has been made, most governments still do not prioritise early childhood in their health, education, poverty reduction or other national plans, and many countries still lack early childhood development policies, strategic plans and laws.

A Transformative Solution: Reducing Poverty and Inequality through a Post-2015 Early Childhood Development Goal

The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Developmen, 2013

A measurable and actionable Early Childhood Development (ECD)1 goal will not only strengthen efforts towards the health, development and well-being of young children but also work to reduce the inter-generational transmission of poverty and inequality. Such a goal should be part of a human development and rights-based framework2 that promotes equitable and sustainable development and is implemented in partnership with multiple sectors and multiple partners.

Looking beyond the EFA goals and the MDGs: The case of Pakistan

Pakistan Coalition For Education, 2013

This paper seeks to state Pakistan Coalition for Education’s (PCE) position vis-à-vis the post-2015 education agenda, in the context of Pakistan. It has three broad aims. First, it highlights the importance of the on-going global efforts to set the post-2015 agenda. Second, it stresses the need to proactively engage with the current policy debate surrounding the global education goals. Third, it outlines the issues and areas in relation to education in Pakistan that the decision makers both at home and abroad must take into account.

Post 2015: What It Means for the United Nations Development System

Pio Wennubst and Timo Mahn, Briefing Paper 13/2013

In order to build up the necessary support and momentum for substantial reforms of a funding structure  “beyond aid”, stakeholders will need a clear understanding of the specific role that the UN Development  System would be playing in the post-2015 agenda, and  assurances that the UN Development System “House” is  well prepared to deliver. A sequenced approach meets  these concerns.

Growing Together Sustainably: A Zero-Poverty Post-2015 Development Framework

The Unnayan Onneshan Contribution to Post 2015  Development Framework, 18 July 2013

This paper contains the Unnayan Onneshan contribution to the  ongoing discussion of a global development framework as a  replacement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the backdrop of the recommendations made by United Nations  Secretary-General appointed high-level panel on post-2015  development agenda.

European report on development 2013 – Post-2015: Global action for an inclusive and sustainable future

Overseas Development Institute, European Union, European Centre for Development Policy Management, 21 May 2013

This European Report on Development aims to provide an independent contribution to the debate on a possible post-2015 development framework to succeed the MDGs and what elements it might usefully incorporate. The Report focuses on the potential value of a new global framework in generating a concerted movement to promote development and support the efforts of poor countries to this end. Have the MDGs helped or even hindered their development progress, or have they perhaps served mainly to mobilise donors? How might a new global agenda most usefully support national development efforts?

2015 and Beyond: Perspectives on Global Development

World Federation of United Nations Associations, May 2013

This issue aims to invite the reader into an imaginary UN conference room, where  leading global opinion makers from different sectors have gathered to share their views on the post-2015 process. Contributing authors include UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, the Liberian Head of State and Co-Chair of the High Level Panel on Post-2015 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Unilever CEO and High Level Panel Member Paul Polman.

Recommendations and key findings for the post-2015 global development framework

IDS, Beyond 2015 and UKAid,  March 2013

Key recommendations based on the  findings of the research with people  living in greatest poverty and those who are most marginalised.

Tackling inequalities in a post-2015 framework

Claire Melamed and Emma Samman,  April 2013

The authors argue that addressing inequality should be central to the post-2015 development framework. Their paper says inequality must be approached on multiple levels: within countries, among nations, and between generations. Tracking inequalities – for example, the progress of the poorest quintile of the population – is important, but to actually reduce inequality, we must reduce the structural inequalities that cause poverty, they say.

Synthesis report: Consultations on a post-2015 framework on disaster risk reduction (HFA2)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR),  April 2013

This synthesis report provides countries and all stakeholders with an overview of the issues emerging to date on the consultations and development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2). The key purpose of this report is to provide the basis for continued consultations, and to inform a draft HFA2 following the Fourth Session of the Global Platform in May 2013.

Protect my Future: A series of papers on child protection in the post-MDG agenda

Terre des Hommes believe that Child Protection and child rights must receive due policy priority in this Agenda. This is an ambitious objective that needs common efforts by child rights defenders. Under the lead work of the NGO “Family for Evey Child”, a group of NGOs joined efforts to produce a series of six thematic position papers aimed at influencing the post-MDG agenda. Terre des Hommes contributed to that common work. They invite any organisation involved in the post-MDG debate to make use of them to promote development based on child rights.

– The links between child protection and good governance

– The links between child protection and population dynamics

– The links between child protection and equity

– The links between child protection and health and survival

– The links between child protection and disasters and conflict

– Why child protection matters in the post-2015 development agenda

Building from the ground up: How the foundations of a post-2015 framework should translate into change for people in poverty

Neva Frecheville and Bernadette Fischler (CAFOD),  March 2013

This paper on the post-2015 agenda looks at the value-add of a global development framework, contributing to the discussion to define the post-2015 agenda. It looks in detail at the values CAFOD believes the framework should be built on to take us towards a shared vision for global development. The paper shows how this can be practically done by suggesting example goals which embody those values, including empowering governance, equitable economies, and resilient livelihoods. Finally, it makes a suggestion on the framework architecture, and how indicators can link across goals to ensure that no goal can be left behind while the others make progress.

A matter of justice: Securing human rights in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda

Center for Economic and Social Rights,  2013

To be effective in meeting the new and persistent challenges of our time, CESR believes any future sustainable development framework should be anchored in the essential human rights principles of universality, interdependence, equality, participation, transparency and accountability, and in the duty of all states to guarantee at least minimum essential floors of rights enjoyment, to use the maximum of their available resources to progressively realize rights for all, and to engage in international cooperation for this purpose.

A ZEN Approach to Post-2015: Addressing the Range of Perspectives across Asia and the Pacific

Douglas Brooks, Kaushal Joshi, John W. McArthur, Changyong Rhee, Guanghua Wan, January 2013

The paper discusses key challenges faced throughout the Asia and the Pacific region as a number of its developing economies graduate from low-income status to middle-income status at the same time as the region remains home to the majority of the world’s poor people and a number of fragile states. The region is gaining increased influence in the world economy but is still grappling to overcome interrelated challenges of poverty and sustainable development, so its priorities will be of significant importance in informing the contents of any post-2015 global development framework.

Beyond 2015: Time to reposition Scandinavia in global health?

Peter Byass, Peter Friberg, Yulia Blomstedt, Stig Wall, 3 April 2013

Global health currently finds itself in an exciting, almost bewildering, state of flux. A plethora of initiatives, statements, high-level meetings, and other activities are generating a continuous flow of new ideas, with the impetus at least partly driven by the advent of the 2015 target date set for the Millennium Development Goals that were adopted in 2000. Whatever shape the post-2015 global health landscape may eventually take, it is already clear that there will be new targets of some kind as the world tries to make further progress on some of the less tractable health issues.

A matter of justice: Securing human rights in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda

Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), April 2013

This briefing argues that human rights principles provide concrete guidance as to how goals and targets are framed and how common but differentiated responsibilities are defined. They also set parameters for how the new commitments are implemented and resourced, how progress is measured and how accountability for the delivery of an effective and just 21st century sustainable development framework can be ensured.

A renewed global partnership for development

UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, March 2013

This report reflects the shared understanding of and contributions by all members of the UN System Task Team in a genuinely collaborative process, including the preparation of ten individual think pieces on the various themes that are part of the discussion of global partnerships.

Asia Voices for the World We Want 2015

Asia Development Alliance (ADA), March 2013

From the 31st of January to the 2nd of February 2013, Bangkok-Thailand, over 70 participants from various human rights and development organizations participated in the inaugural meeting of the Asian Development Alliance (ADA). This is the official statetment that was produced at this meeting.

My World summary of results

My World, 2013

This is the 2nd MY World Summary of Results report which was presented the High-Level Panel Meeting in Bali on 25th March 2013. The report provides information on the current findings at a global and regional level, and some information on the partnerships that have made MY World possible – the prject has just hit over 250,000 votes and counting.

Children in the post-2015 agenda

Family for Evey Child, 2013

Under the lead work of the NGO “Family for Evey Child”, a group of NGOs joined efforts to produce a series of six thematic position papers aimed at influencing the post-MDG agenda. You can download the thematic papers here:

The links between child protection and good governance

The links between child protection and population dynamics

The links between child protection and equity

The links between child protection and health and survival

The links between child protection and disasters and conflict

Why child protection matters in the post-2015 development agenda

What can be learnt from the impact of health performance on donor policies for health assistance?

Katharina Stepping, 2013

It is unclear how health will be positioned in the post-2015 development agenda. Health already plays a dominant role in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Likewise, funding for health has risen considerably since 1990. For the design of a future agenda, it is important to understand the motives for the provision of health assistance and whether health MDGs have had an impact on health aid.

Why is the water-energy-land nexus important for the future development agenda?

Clara Brandi, Carmen Richerzhagen and Katharina Stepping, 2013

Sector policies regarding water, energy and land are intertwined, particularly in their trade-offs. Policies for one sector often entail consequences – externalities – for the other two sectors, be they on a local, national, regional or global scale. These interconnections add to current pressures on water and land as well as on resources that fuel our energy system, and will thus exacerbate existing scarcity problems, as the demand for food, water and energy is expected to rise by 30–40 per cent by 2030.

Reconsidering sustainable development goals: Is the environment merely a dimension?

Frederick Boltz, Will R. Turner, Frank Wugt Larsen, Imme Scholz and Alejandro Guarín, 2013

The idea that environmental concerns can be subordinated to economic growth disregards the fact that our society and  economy are bound by a natural biophysical system that sustains life on earth. But human society and nature operate on  different time scales: while solutions to human suffering are required now, environmental policies must address the long-term effects of today’s economic actions. The welfare of people today is important, but the welfare of future generations matters too: their fates are intertwined.

How to reconcile the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Markus Loewe, 2012

The majority of the MDGs refer to improvements in the wellbeing of individuals, they are thus final goals of human development (education, health, access to water) to be measured at the micro-level. The SDG agenda also involves such goals (clean air, biodiversity), but also ones that refer to the preservation or establishment of global public goods (limiting climate change, financial stability) that can thus only be measured through macroindicators. The latter are not objectives, but preconditions for sustainable development that for reasons of consistency should not enter into one agenda with final goals. Some of these are already addressed by MDG 8 (among them a fair financial and world trade system).

The global conversation begins: Emerging views for a new development Agenda

United Nations Development Group, March 2013

This report offers a snapshot of the current stories emerging from a global exercise in listening to people’s perspectives and priorities. It represents an effort by the UN to reflect on preliminary results for the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons o the post-2015 Development Agenda, as well as the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Contributions to the UN Thematic Consultations

Beyond 2015, March 2013

Many Beyond 2015 participating organisations have followed the call to coordinate a Beyond 2015 position paper which will input to each of the nine themes of the UN thematic consultation. You may view the full list of organisations and position papers, or use the following links to download a specific paper.

European Commission Communication

March 2013

The European Commission presented on 27 February the Communication ‘A Decent Life for All’ which outlines the Commission’s position on the post 2015 development agenda and will serve as basis for discussion among the 27 EU Member States as they try to reach agreement on a common position prior to the UNGA Special Event in September 2013.

Beyond 2015 input into UN thematic consultations

Beyond 2015, March 2013

Lead agencies and drafting teams have been finalising Beyond 2015 position papers for the 11 UN thematic consultations. Recent papers which have been finalised include water and sanitation, governance and population dynamics.

Please note that all Beyond2015’s position papers can be found on this website.

A post-2015 world fit for children: The role of business

UNICEF, March 2013

Businesses have played an important role in contributing to the MDGs but in order to help create a world fit for children, they must go further. This briefing identifies the steps that businesses should take to maximise their impact on development and the role that the UK Government must play to support responsible business behaviour.

Beyond 2015 national deliberations: A synthesis report

Since September 2012, Beyond 2015 and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) have been creating a global civil society position on a post-2015 framework. This is happening through a series of national, regional, and community civil society deliberations that are currently ongoing. So far, civil society deliberations are planned in 40 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In a review of the deliberations that have taken place so far around the world, we have received reports from 22 countries about community, regional and national deliberations. This report is the synthesis of these outcomes.

Rearranging the deck chairs: Australia’s carbon “leadership” without comparable followers

Tim Wilson, Februrary 2013

Most of the major developed countries that Australia negotiates with in international climate talks – the Umbrella group of non-European developed countries – have not ratified a second commitment period under Kyoto, including Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Russia.

Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: What can Africa expect?

Simelane & Chiroro, Februrary 2013

What will replace the MDGs? In analysing this question, this brief evaluates Africa’s vulnerability to the shrinkage of resources that had been allocated for development through a grand world strategy such as the MDGs. In the post-2015 development agenda, Africa expects to play a critical role in areas such as agriculture, which has the potential to reduce poverty and hunger.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights in the next global framework

EuroNGOs, October 2012

The European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development (EuroNGOs) is a European network of nongovernmental organizations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in development cooperation and global policy. EuroNGOs is for a sustainable world without poverty where all individuals enjoy good sexual and reproductive health and well-being and are empowered to exercise their sexual and reproductive
health and rights (SRHR).

Addressing conflict and violence from 2015

Saferworld Briefing, Februrary 2013

This briefing paper presents options for goals, targets and indicators that could help address conflict and violence as part of the post-2015 development framework. It builds on a series of three Saferworld Issue Papers entitled ‘Addressing conflict and violence from 2015’.

Multidimensional poverty

Sabina Alkire and Andy Sumner, Februrary 2013

This brief considers what the Multidimensional Poverty Index  (MPI), reflecting acute multidimensional poverty, could offer in the context of the post-2015 MDG discussions.

1st Regional Youth Declaration on Post-2015 Agenda

George Ndungu, January 2013

From 18th-20th November 2012, representatives of regional, sub regional and national youth organizations and participated in the African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda at the UN Gigiri, organized by Organization of African Youth-Kenya in partnership with UNDP, UN-Habitat, PACJA, FEMNET, VSO Jitolee and Faces of Peace Kenya.

The dissemination and implementation of the outcomes of the London CSO meeting

Kaganga John, January 2013

Beyond 2015 invited Kaganga John to the High Level Panel Civil Society Outreach Event on behalf of the Department of International Development (DFID). The event was part of the London meeting of the High Level Panel of Eminent Person on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) Co-chaired by the Prime Minister.

The Education Link: Why Learning is Central to the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda

Anda M. Adams, December 2012

This paper describes the leading frameworks proposed for the post-2015 global development agenda and discusses how education and learning fit within each of those frameworks.

Analysis of the UNDESA Survey on the Sustainable Development Goals

Stakeholder Forum, January 2013

This report is a synthesis of the information provided in the submissions and intends to present the findings of the questionnaire in a way that is accessible to all governments and stakeholders. The information has been collated by country type and region with an aim to help identify key priorities.

The Future We the People Need: Voices from New Social Movements in North Africa, Middle East, Europe & North America

Werner Puschra and Sara Burke (EDS.), February 2013

This publication highlights the perspectives of new social, trade union, and protest movements in regions that have experienced great social upheaval due to recent crises—North Africa and the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

Brazil in conflict-affected states – implications for post-2015, Saferworld, February 2013.

Addressing horizontal inequalities as drivers of conflict in the post-2015 development agenda, Saferworld and the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, February 2013.

Towards a Post-2015 Development Framework: Position Paper, EuroNGOs, Countdown 2015 Europe, IPPF EN and ASTRA, February 2013

Policy Brief: Priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, High-Level Task Force for ICPD, February 2013

Achieving Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Post-2015 Framework, Gender & Development Network, January 2013

Children’s rights and the post-2015 development agenda, Bond Child Rights Group briefing, December 2012

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. UN Negotiations Begin, Marianne Beisheim, SWP, November 2012

Jobs and livelihoods at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda, ILO Concept Note, November 2012

Healthy Development in the Post-2015 Era, Yanzhong Huang, CFR, November 2012

How can large businesses contribute to the post-2015 agenda?, Alison Holder, David McNair and Sara Godfrey, Save the Children, November 2012

Youth Consultations for a Post-2015 Framework: A Toolkit, Restless Development, November 2012

Consultation Report for the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, UN NGLS, November 2012

Disability in the Post-2015 Framework, Lorraine Wapling, Sightsavers, November 2012

Inequalities Relating to Health and the life Course: Disability, Mental Illness and Older Age, Emma Samman and Laura Rodriguez-Takeuchi, ODI, November, 2012

Climate, Scarcity and Sustainability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Alex Evans, November 2012

Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the next Global Framework: Promoting a Critical Dialogue, Report of the Annual COnference of the European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development (EuroNGOs), October 2012

A new distribution of income and power, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), October 2012

Eliminating inequalities in sanitation, water and hygiene, Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, October 2012

How can the post 2015 process drive real change? The political economy of global commitments, Duncan Green, Stephen Hale & Matthew Lockwood, Oxfam, October 2012

On irrational exuberance about MDG progress, Jan Vandemoortele, October 2012

2012 Report: Youth and skills: Putting education to work, UNESCO, October 2012

Righting the MDGs: contexts and opportunities for a post-2015 development framework, ActionAid, September 2012

What does the world really want from the next global development goals?: Ensuring that the world’s poor define the post- 2015 framework, Ben Leo with Khai Hoan Tram, ONE, September 2012

The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Breaking new ground for a global framework, Heiner Janus and Dr. Stephan Klingebiel, German Development Institute (DIE), September 2012

International institutions and new sustainable development goals beyond 2015: climate change, poor and vulnerable countries, Joy Hyvarinen, FIELD, September 2012

Alternative Development Strategies for the Post-2015 era, Edited by José Antonio Alonso, Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Rob Vos, forthcoming (2013)

Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals: options for sustained and inclusive growth and issues for advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, Annual report of the UN Secretary-General, August 2012

How we got here and where we are heading, Professor Mukesh Kapila, The Bellagio Initiative, August 2012

Post-2015 Fever Heat? Yes. Light? No, Lawrence Haddad, IDS, August 2012

Approaching post-2015 from a peace perspective, Saferworld, August 2012

Post-2015 Education MDGs,  Nicholas Burnett & Colin Felsman, ODI, August 2012

Security: the missing bottom of the Millennium Development Goals?, Lisa Denney, ODI, August 2012

Measuring Democracy and Democratic Governance in a post-2015 Development Framework, UNDP, August 2012

Should global goal setting continue, and how, in the post-2015 era? Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, July 2012

Gender equality and the post-2015 framework, Jessica Woodroffe & Emily Esplen, Gender & Development Network, July 2012

Horizon 2025: Creative destruction in the aid industry, Homi Kharas and Andrew Rogerson, ODI, July 2012

The UN Development Strategy for Transformative Change Beyond 2015, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School University, July 2012

Enabling International Environment for transformative changes beyond 2015, Norman Girvan, July 2012

Africa ready for post-2015 development agenda – MDG report, UNECA, July 2012

Emerging perspectives from Africa on the post-2015 development agenda, UNECA, July 2012

Disaster risk management in post-2015 policy frameworks, ODI, June 2012

Measuring WASH and food hygiene practices – post 2015 goals, July 2012

No Future Without Justice, Report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives, June 2012

Realizing the Future We Want for All: Report to the Secretary-General, UN Task Team on Post-2015, June 2012 (see also Key Recommendations and Executive Summary)

Culture: a Driver and an Enabler of Sustainable Development, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – UNESCO, June 2012

Sustainable urbanization, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – UN Habitat, May 2012

Private Foundations, Business and developing a Post-2015 Framework, IDS, June 2012

Post-2015 Development Agenda: Guidelines for National Consultations, United Nations Development Group, June 2012

The United Nations Development Strategy Beyond 2015, UN DESA, June 2012

Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals: What role for business?, Paula Lucci, ODI, June 2012

VIDEO: UNICEF Debate – Post 2015: What Next? (Amina Az-Zubair, Naila Kabeer, and Claire Melamed, June 2012)

Post 2015: why we need a new development agenda, Rob Vos, June 2012

Towards a New Post-2015 Development Agenda, Ernest Aryeetey, June 2012

Who needs a development framework post 2015?, Charles Abugre, June 2012

Post MDGs: what next for a global development agenda that takes human rights seriously?, Alicia Ely Yamin, June 2012

What should follow in 2016?, Charles Kenny, June 2012

Locally-led monitoring as an engine for a more dynamic and accountable post 2015 development agenda, Richard Morgan and Shannon O’Shea, June 2012

Will the MDGs survive beyond 2015?, Jan Vandemoortele, June 2012

Inequality, a new frontier for post 2015 development policy, Claire Melamed, June 2012

Development beyond 2015: new One-World goals for critical global challenges, Mukesh Kapila, June 2012

Climate change as part of the post-2015 development agenda, Lucy Scott, Andrew Shepherd, ODI, June 2012

The Wheel of Development: the Millennium Development Goals as a communication and development tool, Dorine van Norren, June 2012

No future without justice – Report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives, June 2012

Global ageing – its implications for growth, decent work and social protection beyond 2015, HelpAge, May 2012

Disaster Risk and Resilience, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – UNISDR/WMO, May 2012

Education and skills for inclusive and sustainable development beyond 2015, UN Task Team on Post 2015 -UNESCO, May 2012

Countries with special needs, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – OHRLLS, May 2012

Disaster risk and resilience, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – UNISDR, WMO, May 2012

Emerging development challenges for the post-2015 UN development agenda: Employment, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – ILO, May 2012

Imagining a world free from hunger: Ending hunger and malnutrition and ensuring food and nutrition security, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – FAO, IFAD, WFP, May 2012

Governance and development, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – UNDESA, UNDP, UNESCO, May 2012

Health in the post-2015 UN development agenda, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, May 2012

Towards freedom from fear and want: Human rights in the post-2015 agenda, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – OHCHR, May 2012

Addressing inequalities: The heart of the post-2015 agenda and the future we want for all, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – ECE, ESCAP, UNDESA, UNICEF, UNRISD, UN Women, May 2012

Science, technology and innovation and intellectual property rights: The vision for development, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – IAEA, ITU, UNESCO, UNOOSA, WIPO, May 2012

Macroeconomic stability, inclusive growth and employment, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – ILO, UNCTAD, UNDESA, WTO, May 2012

Migration and human mobility, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – IOM, UNDESA, May 2012

Peace and security, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – PBSO, May 2012

Population dynamics, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – UNDESA, UNFPA, May 2012

Social protection: A development priority in the post-2015 UN development agenda, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – ECA, ILO, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNICEF, May 2012

Building on the MDGs to bring sustainable development to the post-2015 development agenda, UN Task Team on Post 2015 – ECE, ESCAP, UNDESA, UNEP, UNFCCC, May 2012

Post-2015 – Opportunities for EU-12 CSOs. Briefing Paper, TRIALOG-FoRS, May 2012

Post-2015 Health MDGs, Julian Schweitzer, Marty Makinen and Lara Wilson, Results for Development institute, May 2012

Inclusive growth and a post-2015 framework, Gina Bergh, Claire Melamed, ODI, May 2012

A binding Food Treaty: a post-MDG proposal worth exploring, Jose Luis Vivero, May 2012

The MDGs and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future, Edited by Malcolm Langford, Andy Sumner and Alicia Ely Yamin. Cambridge University Press (2013)

Reporting on Development: ODA and Financing for Development, ECDPM, April 2012

Beyond 2015: Perspectives for the Future of Education, Sobhi Tawil, UNESCO, April 2012

Beyond the Millennium Development Goals. Agreeing to a Post-2015 Development Framework, Alex Evans and David Steven, April 2012

Post-2015 Goals, Targets and Indicators, CIGI, April 2012

Using Human security Principles to Develop a Post-2015 Framework, IDS, April 2012

Human Security and the Next Generation of Comprehensive Human Development Goals, Gabriele Koehler, Des Gasper, Richard Jolly, Mara Simane, April 2012

Advancing the global development agenda post-2015: some thoughts, ideas and practical suggestions, Jan Vandemoortele, April 2012

The MDGs after 2015: Some reflections on the possibilities, Deepak Nayyar, April 2012

After the MDGs: Citizen Deliberation and the Post-2015 Development Framework, Scott Wisor, March 2012 (non-subscribers can find a penultimate version of this paper here).

Poverty, Human Rights and the Global Order: Framing the Post-2015 Agenda, Thomas Pogge, Yale University, Global Justice Program, April 2012

Non-­Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Central to the Post-­2015 Development Framework, The NCD Alliance

Post-2015 policymaking. What is being planned, what might actually happen, and CAFOD‟s current policy lines, Amy Pollard & Bernadette Fischler, March 2012

Articulating a Post-2015 MDG Agenda, UNECA – African Union Commission, March 2012

Putting inequality in the post-2015 picture, Claire Melamed, ODI, March 2012

The Millennium Development Goals: Milestones or Millstones? Human Rights Priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,
Mac Darrow, March 2012

Towards a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN ISDR, February 2012

A safe and just space for humanity, Kate Raworth, OxfamGB, February 2012

After 2015. Contexts, politics and processes for a post-2015 global agreement on development, Claire Melamed, January 2012

More Money or More Development: What Have the MDGs Achieved?, Charles Kenny and Andy Sumner, December 2011

After the MDGs – what then?, Janice Giffen with Brian Pratt, November 2011

Towards an African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, UNECA, November 2011

Towards a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. Next steps for the United Nations, Beyond 2015, October 2011

A Post-2015 Framework for Development: Starting a Substantive Conversation, Workshop Report, UNDP & ODI, October 2011

A post-2015 global development agreement: why, what, who?, Claire Melamed and Andy Sumner, October 2011

A global development framework after 2015. Engaging poor people in its formulation, Annie Quick & Simon Burall, September 2011

The Millennium Development Goals after 2015: no goals yet, please, Claire Melamed, September 2011

Summary of the Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs), September 2011

MDGs and the narrative of development, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, September 2011

Rio+20: Sustainable Development Goals, Colombia’s proposal on Sustainable Development Goals, August 2011

Toward a Post-2015 Development Paradigm, Barry Carin and Mukesh Kapila, CIGI, August 2011

Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, Annual report of the UN Secretary-General, July 2011

Getting to a post-2015 framework. What are the scenarios?, Amy Pollard, July 2011

The post-2015 Development Agenda. The Millennium Development Goals in perspective, Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs, April 2011

The Millennium Consumption Goals (MCG): a concrete proposal, Philip Vergragt, February 2011

Older entries

A 100 voices, Amy Pollard, Andy Sumner, Monica Polato-Lopes & Agnès de Mauroy, March 2011

A 2015 Agenda for Africa: development from a Human perspective, Yehualashet Mekonen, January 2010. To access to this report, you have to be a member of Euforic, a social network people organisations engaged in international cooperation and development

A Need for a new narrative: The MDGs post 2015, Ellen Lammers, August 2009

After 2015, we need a new set of millennium development goals that apply to all countries, Jonathan Glennie, November 2010

After 2015: 3D Human Wellbeing, Andy Sumner, J. Allister McGregor, January 2009

After 2015: Gender Equality, Nicola Jones, Rebecca Holmes, Jessica Espry, January 2009

After 2015: progress and challenges for development, Claire Melamed and Lucy Scott, March 2011

After 2015: Promoting Pro-Poor Policy after the MDGS – The Plenary Presentations and Discussion, Michael Tribe and Aurélien Lafon, June 2009

After 2015: Promoting Pro-poor Policy after the MDGs, Caitlin Porter

After 2015: Promoting Pro-Poor Policy after the MDGs, Jasmine Subasat

After 2015: Promoting Pro-poor Policy after the MGDs, Donald Kasongi

After 2015: Pro-Poor Low Carbon Development, Frauke Urban, Andy Sumner, July 2009

An MDG-Plus Agenda for Africa, Alfred G. Nhema, January 2010

Before and after 2015, Jeff Waage, September 2010

Climate, Conflict and Capital: Critical issues for the MDGs and beyond 2015, Erik Solheim

Development in Domestic and Global politics: broader streams of post-2015 work, Globopolis staff, December 201

Global Poverty Reduction to 2015 and Beyond: What has been the Impact of the MDGs and what are the Options for a Post-2015 Global Framework?, Andy Sumner and Meera Tiwari, October 201

Goalposts: What next for MGDs?, Frans Bieckmann, Issue 22 October/November 2010.

How the MDGs are unfair to Africa, William Easterly, November 2007

Human rights: The post-2015 agenda?, Aldo Caliari, September 2010

Millenium development Goals and Human rights, Conference MARCH 22-23, 2010, Harvard Law School

Poverty Reduction and the MDGs Paradigm, Andrew Shepherd, 2009

Promoting Pro-Poor Policy after the MDGs, Ghataoura Rajpal Singh, April 2009

Taking Rights Seriously: Six Ways to Fix the MDGs, Malcolm Langford

Taking the MDGs Beyond 2015: Hasten Slowly, Jan Vandemoortele, May 2009

The Global Development Cycle, MDGs and the Future of Poverty Reduction, Charles Gore, 2008

The Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies: A global movement for a global challenge, OECD MP Project

The Impact and Design of the MDGs: Some Reflections, Richard Manning, January 2010

The Johannesburg Statement on the Millennium Development Goals, Global poverty summit Johannesburg, January 2011

The MDG-Human Rights Nexus to 2015 and Beyond, Mary Robinson, January 2010

The MDGs after the Crisis, Global Monitoring Report, World Bank, 2010

The MDGs Beyond 2015, Selim Jahan, January 2010

The Millennium Development Goals: a cross- sectorial analysis and principles for goal setting after 2015, Jeff Waage, September 2010

Thinking Ahead. Development Models and Indicators of Well-being Beyond the MDGs, Jens Martens, November 2010

Toward a Post-2015 Development Paradigm, Meeting report, Hosted by International Federation of red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Center for International Governance Innovation, Geneva, February 2011

UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability Civil Society Consultation Questions and Beyond 2015’s submission to this consultation. March 2011

Using indicators to encourage development: Lessons from the Millennium Development Goals, Richard Manning, 2009

What are the options for a post-2015 global framework?, Andy Sumner, October 2010

What next after the MDGs: lessons from the financial and food crises, DFID and BOAG

Where Europe Stands in the New Aid Architecture and Why We Need a New €5bn  European MDG Fund, Simon Maxwell, June 2006

Why the MDGs need critical friends, Alison Evans, September 2010

What Next for the Millennium Development Goals?, Todd Moss, May 2010

Working with the grain to change the grain: Moving beyond the Millennium Development Goals, Phil Vernon and Deborrah Baksh, September 2010


How Universal is a Global Development Agenda?

How Universal is a Global Development Agenda?

Universality and differentiation in the post-2015 development agenda

The complexity and interconnectedness of today’s globalised world have rendered development challenges increasingly interlinked and global in nature. Prosperity cannot be sustained without finding integrated and common solutions and without all countries contributing in a spirit of solidarity and shared responsibility. The post-2015 agenda has framed sustainable development as a universal project. On the one hand, it includes issues that are of common concern to all and pose challenges at the national level, on the other hand, it defines objectives to be achieved at the global level.

Universality cannot be separated from the contrastive principle of differentiation, as responsibilities and accountability will have to differ depending on the circumstances of each country, their respective development statuses and the means available to them.

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) have produced a new Discussion Paper, financed by Irish Aid, on ‘Universality and differentiation in the post-2015 development agenda’. It argues that:

– Translating the universal post-2015 goals and targets into national actions, commitments, responsibilities and accountability that respect national priorities and circumstances is a major challenge – especially as all national-level actions should add up to the ambitious global objectives to effectively achieve sustainable development. Universality in the post-2015 agenda may be possible only with an equitable system of differentiation.

– There is a need for a pragmatic and flexible differentiation system that accounts for country priorities and ownership, but builds in incentives to encourage ambitious contributions. Differentiation should not be static but remain open to change and adaptation over time. To avoid simplistic categorisations, the system should use equity and effectiveness criteria in a nuanced way, along a continuum that ensures contributions by all, commensurate with national circumstances, capacities and capabilities.

– In order to ensure universality and build in accountability, comparability and incentives, common rules or guidelines that leave some room for self determination could be helpful. In areas where global standards are lacking, national processes of determining target levels, benchmarks and commitments may be valuable, guided by common parameters and guidelines as well as a process of reviewing levels of ambition.

The SDGs – now what?

Published in Future United Nations Development System blog.

by Stephen Browne

Following the publication of the outcome of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals this July (see pdf of OWG outcome document and proposed SDGs), the UN Foundation said: “when the OWG began its work, many observers were doubtful that a committee of 70 members occupying 30 seats, some in a troika arrangement with associated political complexity, would be able to agree on a concise set of goals and targets.”

Well, they were right, and I wonder how many people are really surprised by the result: 17 goals and 169 targets and indicators. Of course, the process is not yet over because this “outcome” is to be forwarded to the UN General Assembly for further deliberation. However, the prospect of that even more unwieldy body producing a genuinely concise and meaningful result is a distant one.

What really happened? To make an assessment, we need to go back to the last lot of goals.

When the MDGs were agreed in the year following the outcome of the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, they were founded on a solid pedigree of earlier UN summits that were held throughout the 1990s. The MDGs were based on statistically measurable, uncontroversial, indicators which were considered central surrogates of development progress. We now know better. They don’t measure all the right things. Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia were some of the best performers in the Arab region in terms of MDGs, but they overlooked the factors which generated long-standing grievances of the poor prompting violent uprisings (United Nations, A Regional Perspective on the post-2015 UN Development Agenda, UN publication E/ESCWA/OES/2013/2, New York, 2013).  So lesson number one: there are other goals more important than the MDGs.

Second lesson: the MDGs were not even appropriate for the UN’s operations. More funds for the UN to tackle the goals have yielded poor results. Indeed, there is no clear causal relationship between aid flows and MDG achievement. Total aid has increased markedly since 2000, yet many of those countries which have received substantial and increasing amounts of aid over long periods are still amongst the poorest MDG performers. The biggest successes have been in health (especially HIV and TB infections), but that is mainly the result of substantial new resources flowing through non-UN mechanisms such as the Global Fund. In other areas such as undernourishment of children, completion of primary school, access to clean water and the share of urban populations living in slums, the MDGs have not resulted in a significant acceleration in progress towards the goals since the Millennium Declaration, in spite of more aid (Paul Callan, “Replacing the MDGs: a better agenda is needed for the world’s poor”, Devex).

The importance of other goals than the MDGs was acknowledged by the OWG in its desire to expand the agenda into more political, and thus more controversial, areas.  In fact, the UN already had in hand more comprehensive development agendas – the full declarations of its summits of 2000 and 2005. But these had been frog-marched through the inter-governmental process with little deliberation. The OWG at least had the merit of allowing for a full debate on the issues.

But in keeping its “ends open”, the OWG succumbed to the sterile practices of all unsteered UN negotiating sessions. The co-chairs were content (and narrowly empowered) to keep the debate going, writing up the consensus periodically. So we now have layer upon layer of paragraphs sponsored by different parties, mostly government foreign ministry reps with some egging on by UN agencies. The criterion of success is to include as many consensual views as possible, only eliminating text where there is obvious superfluity, but still not excluding huge areas of duplication.

The result is a long rambling statement of intent, but not an agenda. If it were, it would have the following, as a minimum:

1.     Some analysis of how the world has changed and is expected to evolve over the life of the goals, highlighting the main global challenges amenable to action by the world body. What we have instead is a preamble, leavened with frequent references to the environment, as a reminder that the whole process was originally inspired by a global environment meeting.
2.     An outline of the sine qua non conditions for successful development. What we have instead are general invocations about rights and freedom. The hugely complex challenges of conflict is given one sentence: “countries in situations of conflict also need special attention”. Whose attention? What attention?
3.     Unambiguity: the goals overlap with no explanation, especially when it comes to sustainability of resources. There are 169 numbered paragraphs following each generally stated goal. These are the targets, and they are sub-divided into 126 first targets and 45 other paragraphs – secondary targets? Some of these targets use words like “build resilience”, “ensure significant mobilization of resources”, “create sound policy frameworks” etc….lots of indefinable UN-speak.
4.     Coherence: but what are the dynamics, the policies and strategies implied, for example, by “eradicating extreme poverty everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 per day” (Goal 1) and “by 2030 progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40% of the population at a rate higher than the national average.”  (Goal 10)
5.     A set of core goals: an example would be related to governance and the responsible management of resources. Since most development experts agree that total resources for development are not lacking, taking all sources into account (FDI, remittances, royalties, export receipts, domestic taxes, most much larger than aid itself) a core goal would relate to their responsible management. Many possible measurable numerical targets are possible.
6.     Strong independent monitoring arrangements: there is a statement in the preamble about “a robust mechanism of implementation review” through the same inter-governmental channels, which sounds like folding the jury in with the judge. No mention of the monitoring role of third parties – including NGOs and civil society.

But let’s look on the optimistic side. While this convoluted journey has yielded a less satisfactory and impractical outcome than the 2000 and 2005 summits, two tasks could still be taken up after the 2015 GA. As with the MDGs, the UN development system should define and refine the approved goals to make them more meaningful and measurable. Equally important will be the role which the UN affords to civil society in both implementation and monitoring. Hopefully the UN organizations will have learnt something from recent experience about the need for governments to meet people’s aspirations.

Through non-governmental organizations the intended beneficiaries of the development process should be the ones who have a say – preferably a critical one – in monitoring progress, and holding the governments of both South and North to their commitments.

Stephen Browne is co-Director of the FUNDS Project.

NGOs Offer Recommendations on Data Revolution

Published in Sustainable Development Policy and Practice in November 2014

Numerous civil society groups and academics focus on efforts for a global data revolution for the post-2015 development agenda, in recent blog entries, open letters, and reports. The stakeholders offer commentary on the work of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG), among other initiatives, and suggest recommendations for further analysis.

The results of the Post-2015 Data Test, conducted with the involvement of Southern Voice, UN Foundation and others, are presented in an article by Debapriya Bhattacharya and Kate Higgins, titled ‘Unpacking the Data Revolution at the Country Level – Initial Findings.’ The Data Test, in which countries teams assessed the availability of country-level data for measuring the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shared the initial results of its work at events in New York, US, in October 2014. The findings emphasize that the next development agenda should be universal, while giving space for country differentiation and national priority-setting. It also highlights that data availability and quality are variable, while little data is disaggregated by income or social group. Finally, the study reports that “global minimum standards” are not relevant in high-income countries, nor achievable in low-income countries.

Four key “take-away” messages from the Post-2015 Data Test are highlighted in an article by Rachel Quint and Sarah Lucas: countries have a long way to go to meet technical data needs; combining global and local targets would be complicated, but could work; the post-2015 architecture will need to take into account political incentives; and intra-governmental dynamics will significantly impact goal-setting and implementation.

Beyond 2015 and Participate issued an open letter to the IEAG. It stresses the need for a “transformation in the way that data is monitored, analyzed and reported,” calling for a combination of qualitative research and quantitative approaches. The letter draws examples from the health, education, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) sectors, emphasizing that qualitative research is more participatory and can better empower marginalized communities.

The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) issued a briefing document on demographers’ perspective in designing the data revolution. The brief calls for: identifying points of intervention where demographers can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda; recommending significant investments in methods and training; and considering forming oversight groups or high-level panels to investigate further the issues of SDG measurability, validity, data quality, availability, and national statistics capability, among others.

The Partners for a People-Centered Data Revolution group, in an open letter, call for data to “go beyond measurement” by putting information into the hands of people and making institutions more accountable. The Partners offers six recommendations: ensure data is turned into information for policy making and action; address gaps in capacity to produce, use and interpret data; make the case for the instrumental value of data; close the gap in harmonization between data collection methods and standards, and strengthen statistical methods; Implement a Global Partnership for Development Data; and build political leadership to invest in and use data.

An article by Emma Samman, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and José Manuel Roche, Save the Children UK, explains the need for ‘A Data Revolution to Match the Ambition of “Leaving no one Behind.”‘ The authors stress the need for data to assess the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups, and say household surveys to collect data are insufficient in this regard. They recommend using community-based mechanisms and mobile technologies to “make people the agents of data collection.”

The IEAG launches its report on 6 November 2014. [Publication: Unpacking the Data Revolution at the Country Level – Initial Findings] [Publication: Four Key Takeaways from the Post-2015 Data Test’s Presentation of Initial Findings] [Beyond 2015/Participate Letter] [IUSSP Briefing Document] [Partners for a People-Centered Data Revolution Open Letter] [Publication: A Data Revolution to Match the Ambition of ‘Leaving no one Behind’] [IEAG Website]