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What is Southern Voice?

Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals (Southern Voice) serves as an open platform that contributes to the global dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It addresses the existing ‘knowledge asymmetry’ and ‘participation deficit’ in the dialogue by disseminating evidence-based policy analyses by researchers from the countries of the Global South. Since its inception in 2012, Southern Voice has evolved into a vibrant network of 49 Think Tanks from Africa, Latin America and Asia dedicated to leveraging quality local data and research to enhance the debate on the SDGs and increase the agenda’s impact on the South. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka hosts the Secretariat of Southern Voice.

Southern Voice’s Vision

Southern Voice envisages a world in which power has been realigned between countries, resulting in fair and equitable engagement on global issues, and advancing a world in which people’s rights and needs are met and sustainable development is achieved.

Southern Voice’s Mission

Southern Voice aims to contribute to a power shift in inter-governmental relations on the SDGs. It stimulates, generates, disseminates and promotes high-quality evidence-based analyses on the SDGs, to empower Think Tanks of the Global South. It embeds Southern research in global discourse on the SDGs, to promote space for deliberative evidence-based policy making and ensure governments are held to account for effective delivery.

The Emergence of Southern Voice

The founding members of the network were awardees of the multi-donor Think Tank Initiative (TTI), currently hosted by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa. The idea to launch the initiative was taken at a TTI awardees meeting in Cape Town, South Africa (18-20 June 2012).

An expert group meeting (EGM) held in Dhaka (10-12 January 2013) endorsed the activity plan of the initiative, elected a steering committee and the immediate inputs to be sent to the UN High Level Panel on Post-MDGs.

Southern Voice’s document First Approximations on Post-MDG International Development Goals was shared with key authors of the High Level Panel (HLP) Report as well as with the advisors to the members of the HLP.

Till date, Southern Voice has addressed multiple national, regional and global platforms, highlighting its perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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