This week, a high-level UN panel, including David Cameron, will discuss its report on development priorities for 2015 and beyond. The recommendations will inform what replaces the millennium development goals (MDGs). The MDGs galvanised development efforts and helped guide development priorities but, with less than 1,000 days to go before the 2015 deadline, it's clear not all of them will be achieved.
The absence of transparency, accountability and participation as explicit aims within the current goals is in part to blame. We must learn from the past and ensure transparency and accountability are at the heart of the new agenda. The new goals should be measurable, so that policymakers and citizens can track progress and monitor service delivery. Better access to information will reduce ... [view whole blog post ]