Southern Perspectives on Post-2015 issues: Three publications

Southern Perspectives on Post-2015 issues: Three publications

The following three articles by Southern Voice network members have appeared in the journal SAIS Review of International Affairs, Vol. 34, No. 2, in fall 2014, published by the John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Perspectives from the Global South on Post-2015
Andrea Ordóñez, Research Coordinator, Southern Voice on Post-MDGs 

As we approach the 2015 mark, the process to define a new development agenda has so far been different. Southern thinkers have contributed to the debate both by critically reviewing the original MDGs and by bringing their own perspective to the future goals and targets.

The MDGs’ Financing Framework and its Implications for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: An African Perspective
Eberechukwu Uneze and Adeniran Adedeji, CSEA, Nigeria

This paper assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the financing strategy adopted under its predecessor, the MDGs, drawing out important lessons for the post-2015 development agenda. It argues that the post-2015 financing framework will need to deviate from the MDGs’ financing model in some remarkable ways in order to achieve the proposed set of goals. A broad-based and multi-stakeholder approach, which deemphasizes the top-down approach adopted under the MDGs, must be implemented.

A Commentary on the Final Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on SDGs
Debapriya Bhattacharya, Towfiqul Islam Khan and Umme Salma, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka

This paper evaluates the final outcome document of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following a brief history of the process, it evaluates how proposed OWG goals and targets reflect the three pillars of sustainable development, examines to what extent the document serves the overarching transformative development agenda, and assesses the content of the candidate goals and targets with a view to further consolidate the post-2015 framework.

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