This week: The goal to eradicate poverty

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Recently, the High Level Panel released their report on the Post 2015 Agenda. With it came a flood of responses, largely positive with some reservations and disappointments as well. 
 
The report provides 12 national targets based of five universal goals: Leave No One Behind, Put Sustainable Development at the Core, Transform Economies for Jobs and Inclusive Growth, Build Peace and Effective, Open and Accountable Institutions for All, and Forge a New Global Partnership.

Some of the disappointments include the excluded: Inequality didn’t get its own target. However, the first goal of Leave No One Behind means that all targets should ensure that all persons are included and should reach excluded groups. As said the Guardian’s Global Development: Inequality campaigners have lost the battle but won the war.

Charles Kenny on the CGDev blog notes that some of the zero targets have little support in their plausibility, including no violence against children or women anywhere in the world.  As suggested in the post, there shouldn’t be any violence against anyone, man, women, child, as many a beauty pageant contestant (and all of us) would wish for. But how do we do it?

Duncan Green’s concern was more about whether the post-2015 agenda inspire the “race to the top” among governments that is needed to make it happen.

In a separate post he wondered whether this would long-term, under the radar changes in public norms.

What I find as a possibility for this type of under-the-radar change is the emphasis on a “Data Revolution.” In order for all these targets and goals to be reached, in order to make sure that the neediest are really being helped, we need data. We need real-time data and it needs to be open for all to use. The report remarks how “data is one of the keys of transparency, which is a cornerstone of accountability.” This has the possibility for leading open data and transparency to become a standard for accountable development.

The post-2015 report’s large focus on transparency and accountability received a large applause from all over, including Development Initiatives, saying how transparency allows policymakers and citizens to track and monitor progress making it possible for government to be held accountable.

I also found the analysis on Dan Smith's Blog to be especially interesting, and incredibly all-encompassing, as he includes the MDGs in his analysis of what is coming next.
 
To catch up on all the conversations around the report, check out Global Dashboard’s inclusive summary of what everyone is saying.

p.s. Have you checked out the new data viz on The Word We Want website?

Weekly updates are written by Taryn Davis of Development Gateway; email her your tips for next week's update to get a shout-out in the post.

 

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