Southern Voice on Post-Millennium Development Goals

As 2015 approaches, the international community is critically assessing the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were established in 2000. It is also considering the issues and targets that should be included in a future international development framework.

Opinions vary on the MDGs. Many recognize that they have been an important instrument to draw global attention to extreme poverty and deprivation. Others feel the MDGs' targets were too narrowly focused, and that they were developed using a top-down approach.

The global development agenda and the MDGs are based on the developed world's knowledge system-its think tanks, research institutions, and international financial institutions. This project aims to bring a developing world perspective to the global consultation on the post-MDG agenda. The initiative, known as Southern Voice on Post-MDGs, was launched following the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) Exchange in Cape Town, South Africa. Led by TTI grantee institutions, the group has since produced a report detailing the contribution that developing- country think tanks can make to the post-MDG consultation process.

As the world prepares to commit to a new development agenda, developing-country think tanks have a unique window of opportunity to integrate their concerns, research, and ideas into it. They can provide knowledge based on local policies and programs to ensure that the next generation of MDGs is inclusive, attainable, and meaningful. Their local and regional data, evidence, and analysis will allow them to inform the post-2015 discussion and shape the debate itself.

Southern Voice aims to enhance the quality of international development policy analysis, strengthen the global outreach capacity of developing country think tanks, and support policy linkages with governments. This project will help developing-country think tanks position themselves effectively at the national, regional, and international levels. This will allow them to provide a valuable contribution to policy processes across the range of MDG themes.

The Centre for Policy Dialogue in Bangladesh will convene the project and work closely with an international steering group.

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Start Date

Friday, May 3, 2013

End Date

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


15 months

IDRC Officer

Taylor, Peter

Total funding

CA$ 692,000


South Asia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, Bangladesh, South Africa


Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Debapriya Bhattacharya


Centre for Policy Dialogue

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