The interest in the post-2015 development agenda has surged in recent months, but the debate tends towards more heat than light.
With the official United Nations process up and running, the High-Level Panel on post-2015 and the soon-to-be established intergovernmental working group on sustainable development goals, and numerous national and global consultations as well as a host of civil society-led and other initiatives, attention is moving from ‘process’ issues to ‘content’ ones.
CAFOD believe that the key questions in content discussions are 1) what should the purpose of a post-2015 framework be, and 2) how exactly will it deliver change.
It is not possible to have a sensible discussion on which goals should be included and how they should be designed without clarity on these issues. The rush for priority issues and goals must be framed within a clear understanding of the framework’s core rationale, if the framework is to stand any chance of delivering real change.
The new CAFOD briefing paper sets out CAFOD’s position on the key content questions. It includes our proposal on the purpose of a post-2015 framework; our Theory of Change; principles underpinning the framework as a whole; and three candidate goals that CAFOD are developing.
In addition CAFOD has put together an two-pager on equitable growth, employment and poverty eradication to input to the concrete issues currently discussed at the second High-level panel on post-2015 meeting in London, UK.
It addresses strategies of addressing individual and household poverty through equitable growth and employment. For CAFOD the focus must be on the sector where most people living in poverty are economically active small businesses – often informal,rural and micro. The paper outlines recommendations for equitable economic strategies that foster small businesses and provide enabling enviroments which include equal access to employment for people living in poverty.