For the Millennium Development Goals to be effective, they must be inclusive
How we are helping
We funded research that took account of what progress had been achieved and how far civil society had been involved in the process of localising the development agenda
About the project
The publication Commonwealth Perspectives looked at the extent to which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) created opportunities for civil society but also how future development agendas could be more inclusive.
Undertaking research in 14 countries, the Commonwealth Foundation worked with a range of civil society actors to take stock of what progress had been achieved and the extent to which civil society had been able to participate in, influence and benefit from MDG attainment. They also agreed recommendations to influence the new development frameworks being shaped for the post-2015 era.
In addition to the research and national consultations, the project drew on a 2005 Commonwealth Foundation report Breaking with Business as Usual:Perspectives from Civil Society in the Commonwealth on the Millennium Development Goals in the same 14 countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Malawi, New Zealand, Pakistan, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad ad Tobago, Uganda and Zambia.
With additional support from the UN Millennium Campaign, this project expanded to include four additional Commonwealth countries: Nigeria, The Gambia, Mozambique and India; and two non-Commonwealth countries: Nepal and Philippines.
To read all the reports, please go to the Knowledge Hub where you can download them.
Civil society voices were represented at the Committee of the Whole in October 2013, a meeting of Commonwealth foreign ministers…Read now
The post-2015 development agenda must address the lack of civil society involvement if there is to be any real progress…Read now
Setting the post-2015 development compass: voices from the ground, was the theme of a meeting jointly hosted by CAFOD, Participate…Read now
National consultations for the post-2015 MDG agenda project, Commonwealth Perspectives are nearing completion. The last in the series takes place…Read now
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