Why poor countries should avoid the SDGs

An interesting perspective on the new SDGs from the Development Policy Blog Here is an excerpt: It’s been widely reported that the process of tortured negotiations essentially turned into what political scientists call “logrolling”: everyone voted for everyone else’s proposal to garner support for their own pet causes. The result is the current unwieldy framework … Read more

Post-2015 Development Agenda

The whole development community is talking about the new development goals post-2015. The UN Eminent Persons Group led by David Cameron, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, consulted governments, organisations, institutions UN agencies, CSOs, major corporations and individuals to provide perspectives and ideas on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of their work resulted … Read more

NZAID development assistance review 2015

The 2015 DAC Peer Review of the New Zealand Aid Programme is out today. It’s a balanced report and contains a lot the Aid Programme can, and should, be pleased about. The Peer Review also offers plenty for the Aid Programme to improve on. I can’t cover everything here, so I draw out what I … Read more

What is sustainable development?

There are over 300 definitions of the term. Most used, is this one from the World Commission on Environment and Development Report 1987 – also known as the Brundtland Commission. ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ Resources of sustainable development: View … Read more