People and politics must be central to post 2015 development framework discussions

22 January 2013

The UK parliament's international development select committee's report on post 2015 development goals has received a cautious welcome from IDS experts.

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In their own evidence to the Committee, IDS fellows stressed that a focus on people and politics is crucial to the success of any new development framework.

Lawrence Haddad said:

"In the race to reach the 2015 finish line for the creation of a new development framework, we must not lose sight of the people and politics that will ensure its success. The select committee report makes some welcome recommendations, including one on how a new framework should reflect the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. The importance of meaningfully involving people in the design and implementation of whatever succeeds the Millennium Development Goals cannot be underestimated. Any new goals must articulate a global shared responsibility which is underpinned by targets that are set according to national priorities and to which citizens can hold their governments to account."

How will post 2015 development be financed?

Professor Haddad argued that more attention needs to be paid to how post 2015 development will be financed and that discussions need to move beyond the traditional focus on overseas aid to take account of the role of the emerging economies, private foundations and the private sector.

In evidence to the inquiry fellows working as part of the IDS based Participate Initiative maintained that progress against the current Millennium Development Goals had been restricted in part due to the failure of the existing MDG framework to reflect the changing realities of the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

In his written and oral evidence to the committee, IDS Director Lawrence Haddad also highlighted that national visibility and ownership of the current goals was highly variable and that their impact on national policies had been limited.

Developing a set of more integrated policy responses

Resonating with evidence given by the IDS based STEPS Centre which called for an integration of sustainability across a set of new goals, Professor Haddad was clear that a new development framework needed to define a more integrated set of policy responses incorporating climate, energy, trade, security,immigration, finance and intellectual property and which could be adapted to national contexts.

IDS will be producing a series of post 2015 policy briefing series, which will be published in the first half of 2013. The Institute also has a special post 2015 IDS Bulletin planned for publication in September which is being edited by IDS Director Lawrence Haddad and Chair of the IDS Board, Richard Manning.