Southern Voices in the Post-2015 Debate

Charles Kenny and Ted Collins, from the Centre for Global Development:

“Since the UN’s post-2015 development agenda focuses on prioritizing progress in poorer countries, you’d hope that developing country institutions would be heavily involved. But are they?

Debapriya Bhattacharya, head of the Centre for Policy Dialogue in Bangladesh, spoke at CGD last month and reported something disconcerting: 90% of the input received by the UN System Task Team on the post-2015 Agenda has come from “Northern” institutions, leaving just one in ten papers and reports written by people sitting in the parts of the world most on the hook to deliver.

To address this participation gap, Dr. Bhattacharya has started a network of 48 think-tanks from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America that seeks to inform the discussion on the post-2015 framework, goals and targets. The initiative is called the Southern Voice on post-MDG International Development Goals, or Southern Voice for short, and it aims to enhance the quality of international development policy analysis, strengthen the global outreach capacity of southern think tanks, and facilitate professional linkages between these think tanks and their respective governments.”

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