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Tracking proposals on future development goals

Please note – an updated table of proposals on future development goals, with additional functionality, is now available at http://tracker.post2015.org

—–Original post written by Gina Bergh, a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute —-

Just when we thought they had reached top speed, debates on the post-2015 development agenda continue to intensify – with the UN High Level Panel on post-2015 reporting as early as May this year, and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals due to kick off soon. So it’s likely that in the coming months we’ll see ever more proposals being added to the mix of what goals should come after the MDGs.

At the Overseas Development Institute we’re looking to track the emerging proposals, and so far we’ve come up with this set below (you can see more detail on what each proposal is about here). The table is organised alphabetically by the sector category. We hope it will be useful to those engaging in the debate and putting forward new ideas, to figure out where theirs fit with what’s been said so far.

But we know we haven’t yet captured everything that’s out there, and we want you to help us figure out the gaps. We’re especially interested in any proposals on concrete targets and indicators. And with clear gaps in proposals from people in the global South, we want to find out about the ideas we’re still missing.

The energy at recent post-2015 consultations has shown that the process towards setting future goals is shaping up to be a unique global effort where everyone can have their say… So please help us track all the proposals for new development goals!

If you have published a proposal or know of one that we haven’t included here, please note it as a comment below or by email to g.bergh(at)odi.org.uk. In return we’ll keep tracking the proposals and sharing our results..

Please note – an updated table of proposals on future development goals, with additional functionality, is now available at http://tracker.post2015.org


(sorry this is no longer available, please refer to the updated version at http://tracker.post2015.org)


18 thoughts on “Tracking proposals on future development goals

  1. Thanks for putting this together. Very useful indeed!

    Posted by Arelys Bellorini | January 9, 2013, 1:50 pm
  2. Thanks for this. it brings us to speed with what is happening

    Posted by kimbowarichard | January 10, 2013, 4:57 am
  3. You might be interested in our second thematic think piece: UN system task team on the post-2015 UN development agenda: building resilience to disasters through partnerships (http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/30374)

    Posted by UNISDR (@unisdr) | January 10, 2013, 9:41 am
  4. Hi Gina. This is really helpful, thanks. For items 77 and 81 (water, sanitation and hygiene) you could now link to the latest version of the proposal from the JMP working groups (presented for consultation in the Hague in December). The ‘Proposal for consolidated drinking water, sanitation and hygiene targets, indicators and definitions’ is available here: http://www.wssinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/resources/A-proposal-for-consolidated-WASH-goal-targets-definitions-and-indicators_version7_Nov22_final.pdf

    I think the final proposed options emerging from the Hague consultations will be available soon.

    Posted by Nat Mason | January 10, 2013, 9:52 am
  5. Thanks to everyone who has sent in their proposals and updates so far. Please do keep them coming, and keep circulating to your networks! We will be updating the proposals tracker and will make it available again soon on post2015.org.

    Posted by Gina Bergh | January 10, 2013, 10:19 am
  6. Hi! Gina, your effort is very much appreciated. Here is a working paper we came up with recently at Asian Development Bank. ‘A ZEN Approach to Post-2015: Addressing the Range of Perspectives Across Asia and the Pacific’


    Posted by Kaushal Joshi | January 12, 2013, 3:18 pm
  7. Hi! Gina, here is a working paper we came up recently at Asian Development Bank. “A ZEN Approach to Post-2015: Addressing the Range of Perspectives Across Asia and the Pacific”

    Posted by Kaushal Joshi | January 12, 2013, 3:25 pm
  8. Thanks so much for this! Would be very grateful if you would please add the Learning Metrics Task Force to the list: UNESCO, through its Institute for Statistics (UIS), and the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings have joined efforts to convene a Learning Metrics Task Force to identify common learning goals post-2015 to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for children and youth worldwide. http://www.brookings.edu/learningmetrics

    Posted by The Learning Metrics Task Force Secretariat | January 12, 2013, 3:52 pm
  9. Gina, this is a very valuable resource. On the UKFIET CoP (http://www.ukfiet.org/cop), we are particularly keen to track such developments in the field of education and training.

    You may also wish to know that the Commonwealth Secretariat established a Ministerial Working Group to develop recommendations for the post-2015 development framework for education. In December, they released their recommendations, which can be viewed here: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/document/251981/post2015summary.htm

    Posted by Terra Sprague (@TerraSprague) | January 13, 2013, 8:39 am
  10. Thank you for putting this together. There is another paper released by Korea Development Institute and UNDP titled “Asian Perspectives on the Post-2015 EDevelopment Agenda: Taking Stock, Harnessing Knowledge and Achieving Results.” It may help you in filling the gaps from the South – although limited to Asia.

    Posted by Min Ha Lee | January 14, 2013, 8:17 am
  11. Dear Gina, I have emailed you a long list of additional civil society position papers issued since 2011, I hope you have received it. This is a great initiative!

    Posted by Nadine Ravaud | January 14, 2013, 8:13 pm
  12. Hi Gina

    Great to get this lsit up. See also this briefing – Righting the MDGs – by ActionAid. http://www.actionaid.org.uk/doc_lib/mdg_report.pdf

    ActionAid is pressing for human rights and specifically women’s rights to be at the centre of any framework post 2015, with specific transformational targets including on violence against women and girls, land rights and women’s participation in decision-making.



    Posted by Clare Coffey | January 15, 2013, 4:19 pm
  13. Thanks again to everyone for the excellent contributions to this initiative. We’ve been quite overwhelmed (and very pleased!) to see the number of responses to this from around the world. I’m now collating all of your inputs and updating our proposals tracker, so it will be available in it’s new and improved form in the very near future. I’ll also be getting back to those who had specific queries and inputs, including ideas for collaboration – which are welcomed. We look forward to maintaining this as a resource available to all throughout the post-2015 process!

    Posted by Gina Bergh | January 15, 2013, 4:27 pm
  14. Gina, your wish is my command! Take a look at The North-South Institute’s new “Tracking Post-2015” tool. Available through http://www.cidpsni.ca. You’ll find an explanation here – http://cidpnsi.ca/blog/tracking-post-2015/. All the concrete goals, targets and indicators we could find organised around 15 themes!

    Posted by Kate Higgins | January 16, 2013, 6:15 pm
  15. Hi Gina – The EFA Global Monitoring Report team has put together a list of education resources on post-2015, available here: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/efareport/post-2015/

    We’ll be continuing to update, and will be keeping an eye on this website too! Pauline

    Posted by Pauline Rose | January 19, 2013, 11:49 am
  16. Gina,

    thanks very much for collating this list. Please see the submission from VSO to the UN Women / UNICEF consultation on inequalities entitled ‘Advancing Equality in Women’s Participation and Influence in Public Life through the post-2015 framework’: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/291204

    This paper explores how inequalities in women’s participation and influence in political and public life can be addressed through the new global development framework that is expected to replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. Drawing on lessons emerging from research and programming in this field, we argue that the post ‐2015 framework must tackle discriminatory social norms that lie at the heart of inequality, and encourage actions that result in meaningful shifts in the balance of power between women and men. We propose that the framework should include a cluster of targets on women’s representation in a defined set of local, national and international decision making bodies. This should sit under an overarching goal on women’s empowerment, and be accompanied by quality indicators which provide insights into whether representation is translating into meaningful influence and positive outcomes for women most affected by poverty. We conclude with an appeal to the international community to make the most of the opportunity offered by the post‐2015 process to drive forward the step change that is urgently needed to tackle this fundamental and cross‐cutting dimension of poverty and inequality.

    Rachael Stokes

    Posted by Rachael Stokes | January 22, 2013, 3:30 pm
  17. Hello, we recently just posted our Policy Paper on Education, Total Reach, Total Learning: Education Beyond 2015 at http://02772271a724b25737b4-c327232b1523a16d49e69e3c31ec5d58.r60.cf1.rackcdn.com/GCE_US-Education_Beyond_2015.pdf Thanks!

    Posted by Ashley | January 22, 2013, 9:26 pm


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