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Emerging Voices: Ben Leo on Polling the World’s Poor for a Post-2015 Development Agenda

In this opinion piece featured on the Council on Foreign Relations Development Channel, Ben Leo, global policy director at ONE, outlines a proposal to use public opinion polling to help shape a global agenda to follow the Millenium Development Goals.

‘As Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and UK Prime Minister David Cameron said this week, we must ensure that the world’s poorest voices are heard. Valiant UN efforts, as well as qualitative polling-based approaches by outside groups like Beyond2015 and the Institute for Development Studies, are striving for this.  But there remains a very real risk of not capturing the most critical voices–those of the world’s poorest citizens.

‘That is why groups like ONE, a global anti-poverty advocacy organization where I serve as the global policy director, are pushing for a “What the World Wants Poll,” a standardized set of questions that would be answered across both developing and developed countries.’

Read the blog in full here.

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