Time to hear LDC voices on Post-2015 development goals

Written by Tighe Geoghegan, writing on the IIED blog:

“The post-2015 development agenda will most profoundly affect the least developed countries (LDCs), so it is essential that people in these countries have a greater say in what the goals look like, says Tighe Geoghegan.

Construction workers build a hotel in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Credit: Overseas Development Institute / Antony Robbins (Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en_GB)

Followers of the process to develop a global agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals after they expire in 2015 are not being starved of opinions. Everybody who’s anybody in international development has been weighing in on the issue.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has set up a High Level Panel — comprising 27 movers and shakers and chaired by the leaders of Indonesia, Liberia and the United Kingdom — to offer guidance on what this new agenda should look like. International development NGOs have gone into overdrive with proposals on how the agenda should tackle virtually every dimension of development.

Strangely missing from this ruckus are the ideas and opinions of people in the countries that will be most directly affected by the final outcome. Yet some of the most creative responses to global challenges and interesting perspectives on development are to be found in these “least developed countries” (LDCs).”

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