Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Post 2015 Agenda

IDS is working with global partners to undertake research and convene debates that aim to inform understanding of the future opportunities and challenges for development progress, and help shape thinking around the design and implementation of an inclusive, integrated and universally applicable post-2015 framework.

Young boy in slum in Niger

Since the MDGs were established the world has changed significantly. It has become more interconnected and less secure, increasingly prone to financial and environmental shocks. The development and aid landscapes have also changed with significant development progress being made in the last two decades.

Notions of 'developed' and 'developing' are becoming outmoded. Countries such as Brazil, China and India wield increasing economic and political power and are developing their own aid programmes, and many countries in Africa are experiencing record levels of economic growth.

Complex challenges remain and new ones have arisen. Levels of inequality within countries are rising, the majority of the world’s poorest people live in middle-income countries, 60 per cent of the global population will live in towns and cities by 2030 and human security remains elusive in many conflict-affected countries.

It is in this context that decisions about how money and resources should be targeted post-2015 in order to improve human wellbeing are being made. IDS research is seeking to help ensure these decisions are made in an inclusive and evidence-based way.

Relevant projects and work

The IDS Bulletin, Whose Goals Count? Lessons for Setting the Next Development Goals, brings together a set of articles about the lessons to be learned from the experience of the Millennium Development Goals, with a strong focus on Southern Voices. The articles also feature suggestions and recommendations for a new post-2015 framework.

IDS has produced a special series of policy briefings, After the MDGs, that aim to make a contribution to the ongoing debate about what will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, and to shape thinking around the future of development more broadly. The briefings have been produced by a wide-range of development experts from across the Institute, and provide practical policy recommendations based on high quality and original research.

The IDS based STEPS centre is currently undertaking work around aligning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and post 2015 framework processes, and there are a number of ongoing activities and resources available. The STEPS Centre was actively involved in the Rio+20 conference, where IDS Fellow and STEPS Centre Director Melissa Leach was a participant in the high level dialogue on sustainability.

IDS researchers are leading the Participate: Knowledge from the margins initiative. The project has been established to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised communities have the opportunity to shape post-2015 policymaking and that a future global framework reflects the priorities of those directly affected by poverty and injustice.

BRIDGE has developed a new Eldis Key Issues Guide on Gender and Indicators that provides an overview of debates around and approaches to measuring change on gender equality. The guide updates some of the issues originally covered in BRIDGE’s popular 2007 Cutting Edge Pack on gender and indicators, discusses the proposed stand-alone SDG on gender, and considers what more needs to be done to design measuring frameworks and approaches that go beyond assumptions of linear change around cause and effect, and can capture the complexity of change in the lives of women, men, girls and boys. 

IDS has also been examining the role of businesses and private foundations in developing a new post 2015 framework and also how it will be financed.

Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation

This project is a ten year independent impact evaluation of the Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana. The IE is being delivered by IDS, ITAD and PDA Ghana. More details

Participate: Knowledge from the margins for post-2015

Ensuring that the most vulnerable and marginalised communities have the opportunity to shape post-2015 policymaking More details

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre

The STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development. More details

The Bellagio Initiative

The Bellagio Initiative is a series of global consultations that aims to explore trends and opportunities in philanthropy and development. More details

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