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7 principles for the post-2015 agenda

As ACTION participates in the consultation process for a post-2015 development agenda, I wanted to share some of our key principles for how we would want to see post-2015 development goals be shaped. Let us know what you think in the comments section! 

Our Top 7 guiding principles for the post-2015 agenda include:

1. Equity. While overall progress on the current Millennium Development Goals is being made, people are still being left behind. While targets on poverty reduction, slums, and water have been met, at the current rate of progress, one billion people will still be living in extreme poverty by 2015 and one in five children do not receive the most basic vaccinations. A post-2015 framework must focus on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized.

2. Disaggregated targets. Aggregated global targets disguise dramatic inequalities. To hold us all accountable for achieving equity, we need improved data. Data must be collected for sub-national jurisdictions and stratified by gender, income, and geography. Otherwise it can seem like we’re achieving targets, when actually we aren’t making meaningful progress in the poorest, most unstable, or hardest-to-reach places.

3. Adequate funding. We must provide stable and predictable funding for the existing mechanisms – such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria – that will help us achieve post-2015 development goals. New funding structures and mechanisms must also be considered.

4. Integration. Each goal should be substantively linked to other goals. The health MDGS were divided into three separate goals, which failed to capitalize on the inter‐dependency between maternal health, child health, nutrition, and other areas. Also, linkages between sectoral goals must be established (e.g. health and climate change), realizing that “health is a measure of sustainable development across all sectors,” according to Save the Children.

5. Maintaining momentum for health. Health has been a key aspect of the aid agenda in the past decade, and significant progress has been made thanks to strong political and financial commitment. This momentum needs to be maintained, with new global priorities including nutrition, gender equity, and climate change being placed alongside health. 

6. Wide participation. In 2000, the process of developing the MDGs was very top-down. This time, country participation is at the center of the discussion, but efforts to ask the poor directly what matters most must be redoubled, and the input of civil society must be recognized as essential.

7. Universality. All countries must clearly communicate their role in achieving each goal, which should include binding mechanisms for both donor and developing countries to fulfill their commitments. The post-2015 agenda must be built on a common alignment of the goals from rigorous national plans.

What’s in your Top 7 that didn’t get included here? Leave your thoughts in the comments.