Post-2015 resources round-up

Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection.


The Open Government Guide Special Edition: Implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda – This guide, published by the Open Government Partnership and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative focuses on how an open government approach can spur progress across the 17 Goals, including in improving public services and ultimately, in reducing poverty. It outlines the role of open government in each Goal, listing specific OGP country commitments and initiatives that will contribute to progress.

How the EU-US trade deal could undermine the Sustainable Development Goals – This report, by Mark Curtis (Curtis Research) and Ruth Bergan (Trade Justice Movement) with Ruth Kelly (ActionAid), argues that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) contradicts the SDGs’ aim of “levelling the playing field for development countries.” It claims that the TTIP threatens to close down the policy space available to developing countries for achieving the SDGs, that a consolidated position between the EU and US will make it harder for each to pursue their priorities at a multilateral level, and that the agreement would lead to export losses for developing countries, negatively impact on climate targets, and reduce access to medicines.

Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Outlook – This World Bank and Knowmad brief, written by Dilip Ratha, Supriyo De, Sonia Plaza, Kirsten Schuettler, William Shaw, Hanspeter Wyss, Soonhwa Yi and Seyed Reza Youse,  examines trends in remittances, finding that their growth is projected to fall from 3.3 percent in 2014 to 2 percent in 2015. However, economic acceleration in the US and EU yields an expected rise by about 4 percent in 2016 and 2017. It further finds that remittance transaction costs have fallen, but that these costs vary by region and that the trend is threatened by closure of accounts by correspondent banks.

In quest of inclusive progress: exploring intersecting inequalities in human development – This ODI report, by Amanda Lenhardt and Emma Samman, seeks to ascertain to what extent wealth status, urban/rural place of residence and ethnicity – and overlaps between them – explain inequalities in education and health; and how these inequalities have changed over time in 16 countries with appropriate data. The focus is on women’s years of education and on the proportion of children in a household who have died.

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