Post-2015 policymaking: What is being planned, what might actually happen, and CAFOD’s current policy lines

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We’re very pleased today to release a major new paper:  “Post-2015 policymaking: What is being planned, what might actually happen, and CAFOD’s current policy lines“. 

Drawing on the dozens of meetings, reading and engagement CAFOD have had in recent months, the first part of the paper synthesises our understanding of what is currently being planned on post-2015 policymaking, focusing particularly on the official UN process.  This is represented as a one-page map of the post-2015 process.

The second part of the paper gives our analysis of what might actually happen – offering three stylised scenarios:  “last minute rush”, “all things to all people” and “the bell curve”.  We argue that the ideal scenario is the bell curve – representing an open and inclusive process with a focused and clear outcome in time for the end of 2015.  Looking at the situation as it stands, we argue that whilst it is possible, a lot of work is necessary to bring the bell curve scenario about.

The final section examines what this means in advocacy terms.  Given the political economy and policy landscape of post-2015 as we find it in spring 2012, we lay out CAFOD’s current policy lines on the question of what should come after the Millennium Development Goals.  This includes our current thinking on what the purpose of a post-2015 framework should be; a venn diagram showing criterion we suggest for assessing which issues should be included, and our answers to the key questions on content.

A strong and legitimate post-2015 framework can come about if we take urgent action to make it happen.  We propose a series of recommendations targeted at specific groups:  The United Nations; donors and charitable foundations; national governments; and civil society. 

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