The Post-2015 Development Agenda Favourable Enough to Africans ?
Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals
Occasional Paper 17, Ibrahima Hathie, Research Director of the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), Senegal.
The Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals works as an open platform, and is a network of 48 think tanks from Africa, Latin America and Asia that seeks to contribute to the global post-2015 dialogue. Motivated by the spirit of wide academic inquiry, the initiative is committed to provide quality data, empirical evidence and policy analyses, derived from research in the countries of global South. Through strategic engagements, Southern Voice aspires to address the existing ‘knowledge asymmetry’ and ‘participation deficit’ afflicting the global discourse on post-2015 agenda.
With these goals in mind, Southern Voice launched a call for papers among its members to inform the global debate based on promoting original research on new issues that have emerged from various reports, structured conversations concerning the post-2015 agenda as well as from the discussions around them and beyond. Eleven research grants were offered during this phase.
In response to the call, we received numerous proposals which were reviewed by Southern Voice members.
The research papers were also peer reviewed, and the revised drafts were later validated by the reviewer. The resulting collection of papers highlights some of the most pressing concerns for the countries of the global South. In doing so, they explore a variety of topics including social, governance, economic and environmental concerns. Each paper demonstrates the challenges of building an international agenda which responds to the specificities of each country, while also being internationally relevant. It is by acknowledging and analysing these challenges that the research from the global South supports the objective of a meaningful post-2015 agenda.
In connection with the ongoing debates on post-2015 international development goals, The Post-2015 Development Agenda : Favourable Enough to Africans ? by Dr Ibrahima Hathie, Research Director for the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), Senegal explores key components of the African transformative agenda that are missing from most of the international proposals which may hinder the voice of Africa to be heard during the upcoming negotiation process.