The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda published its report with recommendations last week.  The panel was established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.

The recently released report is entitled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development”.  Here is a quick summary for our readers who did not have the chance to read the report yet.  The major idea of the report is that extreme poverty can be eradicated by 2030 through sustainable development.  It builds on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in two ways – by including environmental concerns in development, which were not previously considered, and by dealing with the eradication, rather than alleviation of poverty.

The Panel calls for the new 15-year goals to be accomplished within a framework of five transformative shifts:

  1. Leave no-one behind – “we should move from reducing to ending extreme poverty, in all its forms”.
  2. Put sustainable development at the core: “integrate the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability”.
  3. Transform economies for jobs and inclusive growth: “a rapid shift to sustainable patterns of consumption and production–harnessing innovation, technology, and the potential of private business to create more value and drive sustainable and inclusive growth”.
  4. Build peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all
  5. Forge a new global partnership

The last transformative shift is the most important as stated by the authors of the report.  Creating a global agenda that can be agreed to by all is no small feat and has not been achieved since the MDGs.  The interesting aspect of this shift is that new actors are being brought into the development sphere – including the private sector.  Personally, I was pleased to see that small and medium enterprises were recognized as the motors of the economy of developing nations, and the entire emphasis was not placed on large multinational CSR projects, although they are there as well.  Interestingly, the major recommendation that this report puts forward, for businesses to be able to partner with civil society organizations, is to focus on transparency through more effective governance and reporting.  Reporting is an important part of the development process because it allows you to keep track of the impact you are achieving, but even more significantly, it allows others to know what you are doing and potentially leverage the outcomes you are achieving.  If the private sector can collaborate and share information when it comes to their role and contribution to development, this would leap-frog their impact faster than anything else.  In the same way that development health actors have national networks in developing nations, it would be interesting to create private sector networks for investment in developing nations.

Stay tuned for our next blog post on sustainable engineering/infrastructure and the role it can play in the fifth transformative shift.

Did you find any other parts of the report interesting?  What were your views?