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.
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.
Fellows in the Participation, Power and Social Change team 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.
The Globalisation team 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.
- Research Communications Manager
- Team Leader
Erika Lopez Franco
- Research Officer
- Visiting Fellow
J. Allister McGregor
- Research Fellow
- Deputy Director and Head of Communications, STEPS Centre
- Visiting Fellow
Rômulo Paes de Sousa
- Senior International Associate
- DPhil Student
- Research Officer
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
Designing Inclusive Targets for a Post-2015 Agenda
Tackling extreme poverty and marginalisation alongside rising and intersecting inequalities must be a priority for the post-2015 agenda. More details
Participate Proposal for Post-2015 Targets
The Participate initiative provides high quality evidence on the reality of poverty at ground level, bringing the perspectives of the poorest into the post-2015 debate. The research demonstrates that there are certain focus areas that need to be addressed to achieve sustainable positive change in the lives of the poorest and most marginalised. More details
'We Can Also Make Change' - Briefing Paper
This briefing draws on the real-life stories of persons with disabilities and older people in Bangladesh, as told to researchers in the Voices of the Marginalised project entitled 'We can also make change'. More details
Work With Us: How People and Organisations can Catalyse Sustainable Change
This report provides a synthesis of studies conducted by the Participate Participatory Research Group (PRG) in 29 countries, and attempts to identify and draw out the patterns of change that emerge across them from people's accounts of their own experiences of moving in or out of poverty and marginalisation. More details
IDS on MDGs
This Virtual Bulletin focuses on past articles that inform the debate about the MDGs from an historical perspective. More details
Whose Goals Count? Lessons for Setting the Next Development Goals
This IDS Bulletin compiles reflections from various actors on the core elements of the MDGs and also on topics not explicitly covered in them, such as governance, participation and infrastructure. More details
Informing Post-2015 Development with Ground Level Knowledge
This policy briefing is part of the special MDG series and examines how the views and experiences of the poorest and most marginalised must shape a post-2015 framework. More details
Achieving Gender Equality Through a Post-2015 Framework
This policy briefing is part of the special MDG series and examines how a post-2105 framework can help to promote women and girls’ empowerment and achieve gender equality. More details
Engaging Science and Politics in a Post-2015 Framework
This policy briefing, part of the special MDG series, examines how science and politics must be engaged in a post-2015 framework in order to tackle the interlinked environmental and social justice challenges which the world currently faces. More details
Ensuring Women and Girls’ Rights to Water and Sanitation Post-2015
This policy briefing, part of the special MDG series, examines how a post 2015 framework can help ensure women and girls rights to water and sanitation. More details
Promoting Inclusive Social Protection in the Post-2015 Framework
This policy briefing, part of the special MDG series, examines how the post 2015 development framework should promote ‘Inclusive Social Protection’. More details
Embedding Nutrition in a Post-2015 Development Framework
Putting an end to the current nutrition crisis by 2030 is possible, but only if nutrition is embedded within a post-2015 development framework. More details
Citizens in the Global Partnership: Recommendations and Key Research Findings for the Post-2015 Agenda
This document outlines key recommendations for global partnerships. More details
Recommendations and Key Findings for the Post-2015 Global Development Framework
This document outlines key recommendations based on the findings of the research with people living in greatest poverty and those who are most marginalised. More details
Citizen-led Accountability: Recommendations and Key Research Findings for the Post-2015 Agenda
This document outlines key recommendation for citizen-led accountability in the post-2015 framework. More details
What Matters Most? Evidence from 84 Participatory Studies with Those Living with Extreme Poverty and Marginalisation
This Participate report draws on the experiences and views of people living in extreme poverty and marginalisation in 107 countries. More details
Editorial: Poverty, Vulnerability and Resilience in a Post-2015 World
Looking ahead, the global economic crisis (2007) may mark the end of a relatively benign era of strong growth, buoyant aid budgets and reasonable stability. Poverty reduction will then need to be pursued in a context of economic recovery, climate change, urbanization and demographic change. More details
People's Experiences of Living in Poverty: Early Findings for High Level Panel Deliberations
This document presents the early findings of Participate's major synthesis of recent participatory research and sets out eight key messages from those who are living in poverty and who are most marginalised. More details
Participate Global Participatory Research Network Map
This map outlines the geographic distribution of the Participate global participatory research network, the work of the organisations and their specific research within Participate. More details
Trade and Development – A Forgotten Issue?
The UN system has invited international organisations, governments and local government bodies, academic institutions and think tanks, civil society organisations, the private sector, trade unions, foundations, religious groups, individuals to offer their ideas and views on the next development agenda. More details
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