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Toward a Post-2015 Development Paradigm

Project Members: Barry Carin and Mukesh Kapila


Toward a Post-2015 Development Paradigm is now in its third phase, following successful stages of work in 2011 and 2012.

The project aims to conduct critical examinations of policy options for a future set of development goals. The first phase, spearheaded by CIGI and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), convened expert groups to shape international policy approaches to succeed the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The final product of the first phase was a proposed menu of future development goals to provoke debate on the post-2015 agenda. The second phase, spearheaded by CIGI and the Korea Development Institute (KDI), reviewed the menu of potential goals proposed during phase one, and arrayed indicators available to measure progress. Regional consultations were held to gauge their acceptability in different regions around the world. Presentations were made to the United Nations, OECD and the World Bank. The third phase will include the finalization of this project’s recommendations


The MDGs are a set of eight targets, established by the UN in 2000, to mobilize national and collective efforts on critical development issues by 2015. With less than five years remaining, however, it is highly unlikely that all of the goals will be met. What, then, should follow after 2015?

In 2011, CIGI and IFRC assembled a group of development and governance experts to explore a range of research questions and create a set of recommendations for international action. These experts considered issues of development and sustainability, in the spirit that efforts should be measurable and enduring. This work resulted in the first set of potential successor goals to the MDGs. Described as "the most interesting specific proposals," they have been cited by a number of national governments and international development organizations.

In 2012, the objective was not to provide the answer to post-2015 MDGs, but to filter through some of the challenging questions and issues involved in designing a new set of global development goals leading to the best policy choices. 


The project is producing a range of policy-oriented research outputs for international actions in the development field.

In 2012, an initial baseline report on the current state of indicators and measurement for development was produced; this served as a background report for a gathering of experts at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development April 10-11, 2012. Regional consultations hosted by Brazilian, Chinese, Indian and South African partners followed the April meeting, in order to sharpen a draft options paper. A final product of the collaboration was presented to UN officials in the fall of 2012. In 2013, experts will meet in Bellagio, Italy, to conclude and finalize their post-2015 recommendations.


  • Bellagio Center, The Rockefeller Foundation


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