As the “Southern Voice on Post-MDG” initiative proceeds, it will be filling in, at a certain level, the participation deficit in the global conversation on the post-2015 development paradigm.
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[Editor's note: This post has been written by Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Bangladesh. It addresses an interesting challenge for many developing country think tanks in their efforts to influence policies and processes that, while decided at 'the global' level, can have significant effects at the local level. The MDGs (and all the talk about what will come next) is one such policy process. But while international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral bodies, and northern based think tanks have easy access to powerful 'movers and shakers' at the heart of it all, what about southern think tanks? Are they to be relegated to consultations, case studies, text boxes, and providing the token southerner on the panel? This initiative by think tanks in several developing countries appears to be an attempt to change the status quo.]
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are one of the “UN ideas that have changed the world.” The state of actual delivery on MDG promises, however, remains a matter of intense debate. Nonetheless, with the 2015 deadline drawing near, the international development community is reflecting on the future of the MDGs. Indeed, it seems an understanding has emerged that the MDGs will continue beyond 2015 in one form or another. Consequently, questions are being asked about the process that will be followed to decide on the substance of the MDGs post-2015, or MDG Mark 2.
Discussions about MDG Mark 2 are taking place globally through a number of channels. The United Nations has initiated an inter-governmental process, complemented by regional consultations, with a High Level Panel to provide guidance. Civil society organisations, including issue-based advocacy groups, are meeting to voice their concerns regarding the future incarnation of the initiative. Academics and policy analysts are contributing commentary and suggestions.