The GDN Community shares its views on the post-MDG development agenda

By Sherine Ghoneim and Cheryl Brown

On March 19th, 2013, Global Development Network (GDN) is hosting a High Level Panel Seminar on the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals, in New Delhi. A survey was conducted to give the GDN Community the chance to contribute to this and other forums by sharing its views on five key issues facing the panellists.

Over 160 development professionals working in academia, government, civil society and aid organisations around the world took up the opportunity to share their advice and experience on issues such as the implications of combining the environmental and anti-poverty agendas, and the challenges facing poverty eradication. The survey participants responded with a variety of examples of successful interventions and lessons learned about development policy planning and implementation.

A synthesis of the survey responses is available online. Despite the diversity of answers and contexts, the synthesis highlights some common themes cutting across the topics, such as the importance of empowering individuals and communities to develop their own livelihoods and giving them a greater say in how programs are designed and implemented. In the coming weeks we will be using this blog to look in-depth at some of the ideas and lessons that emerged from the survey and hope you will share your reactions and insights.

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4 Responses to The GDN Community shares its views on the post-MDG development agenda

  1. kenoulu says:

    Thanks Shahira and GDNet for sharing this synthesis. It mirrors most of the findings that we have gathered through coordinating national researches in Tanzania with young people, including the “state of the youth in Tanzania” and “YouthMap Tanzania-currently ongoing”. I sum the synthesis has not really captured the cohort of young people who are the demographic dividend in most developing/poor countries. Our studies have found that youth confidence in governance, leadership and poverty eradication has been eroded due to rampant corruption, youth are not engaged in policy shaping processes and because of that when fund are allocated it is to priorities which are misplaced and does not redress their realities and that government does not have capacity for programming youth initiatives because they lack the necessary skills. On data, we found that the national monitoring systems does not specially have youth indicators and thus does not collect them, however there is also low capacity in managing the national M&E systems which requires UN support as indicated in the Paris declaration and Abuja protocol (country-led evaluation capacity development). Hope this brings the youth to also participate in this important discussion.

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      Thank you for reading the synthesis and sharing your insights around the youth perspective in Tanzania. It’s helpful to have this additional perspective as the survey was primarily intended as a channel for Southern researchers to contribute their views to the post-MDG discussions. Do you have a link to your studies, please?

      Having worked on the synthesis document, I’m very interested to see that the issues you identified of corruption, inappropriate policy and funding priorities and low M&E and data collection capacity also came up in our research, and not just in Tanzania (where a small number of respondents came from), but also across Africa and other regions.

      Do you know of examples from other countries of how governments have engaged with youth in meaningful ways to inform policy processes, or those that have indicators relating to them?

      • kenoulu says:

        Hi Cheryl, i am still bound as a consultant on sharing the reports since the studies final reports are just being delivered, however i suggest you look at websites of: Restless Development; International Youth Foundation (IYF) and “ideas4work” conference in Dakar-Senegal among others as a start.

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