Why access to information needs to be central to the debate on poverty

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jan 18 2013, 06:12:50

Post-MDGs agenda must focus on empowering people through information about their rights to hold governments to account

The current global framework for development, the millennium development goals (MDGs), has focused international and country efforts on poverty eradication and, over time, has also aligned donor aid policies. This has supported domestic efforts to reduce poverty, with clear progress being made on the delivery of basic social services including health and education at a global level.

But beyond 2015, accelerated progress on poverty elimination and sustainable development requires more than effective delivery of services.

At Development Initiatives we see enabling the effective use of information as key to the debate on resource allocation and ultimately poverty eradication, and in 2013 we will be making the case for why it needs to be central to the debate.

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