International Commentaries

Transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs: accountability for the post-2015 era

The success of the post-2015 development agenda depends on adopting global goals for sustainable development and on designing a robust accountability system. All stakeholders should be involved in the accountability framework. While sustainable development goals (SDGs) are universal in character, they need to be adapted to national contexts, according to specific sets of constraints and opportunities. Countries need also to specify their global commitments to create an enabling environment for sustainable development worldwide.

The challenge of measuring SDG 16: what role for African regional frameworks?

Recent discussions around the post-2015 development agenda have highlighted that many of the 169 targets require better clarification. In some cases, the connection between the targets and the goals need to be better articulated. The United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) is well aware of this problem and last month provided delegates with its roadmap for measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with its ratings of the feasibility and suitability of each indicator.

UN Financing for Development negotiations: what outcomes should be agreed in Addis Ababa in 2015?

This paper (endorsed by 137 civil society organisations) summarises our recommendations for concrete changes that could be made at the summit in Addis Ababa, under the six headings of the Monterrey Consensus, with a seventh chapter on other important issues:

Civil society interventions on Technology, Innovation and Capacity Building

First, we question the inclusion of a chapter on technology, innovation and capacity-building in this draft, given there has been no equivalent chapter in previous FfD outcome documents.

Financing African Infrastructure: Can the World Deliver?

The high profile of infrastructure and access to related services in the communiques of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at their annual meetings in late 2014 underscores the importance of this issue for development worldwide. Nowhere is lack of infrastructure more crucial and potentially transformational than in sub-Saharan Africa.

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