Effective international development action beyond 2015

November 2011 to September 2016



This project is intended to help the global community develop a roadmap for evolution in our global framework to galvanise development action and measure results beyond 2015.

The Millennium Development Goals have been immensely effective in galvanising public support for development in donor countries, for mobilising aid resources, and for increasing accountability in many developing countries. In 2015, the current set of targets will expire, and although much progress will have been made, many of the targets will not have been met.

To get a renewed agreement that can best tackle existing problems of global poverty after 2015, it is essential that the post-MDG agenda is developed on the basis of clear analysis of current poverty problems, and of the international agreement most likely to solve them.

The purpose of this project is to provide an evidence base, both in individual sectors, e.g. health and education, and on cross-sectoral issues, e.g. inequality, and propose options for policy makers on how to move forward.

The key questions it sets out to analyse are:

  • What would be the aim of a new post-2015 global agreement on development?
  • How could a global agreement add value to national level efforts to achieve the same ends?
  • What is the type of agreement that would be most likely to provide the right combination of incentives and sanctions to get action to achieve these outcomes?




Are we underestimating urban poverty?

Research reports and studies | March 2016 | Paula Lucci, Tanvi Bhatkal, Amina Khan
This report demonstrates that the urban poor are often undercounted, and provides a package of suggestions for improved data collection and use.

Projecting national poverty to 2030

Research reports and studies | March 2016 | Chris Hoy
This report explores the feasibility of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal target to halve poverty according to national definitions by 2030.

Leave no one behind: the real bottom billion

Briefing papers | September 2015 | Tanvi Bhatkal, Emma Samman and Elizabeth Stuart
The Millennium Development Goals reduced poverty, though the gains have been close to zero for the poorest. This paper explores who has been left behind, and why.

Studies show: people want democracy to deliver the goods

Comment | 12 March 2014 | Alina Rocha Menocal, Gina Bergh, and Laura Rodriguez-Takeuchi
'Does the average person consider governance when they think about the things that affect their everyday lives? In a new Overseas Development Institute paper that assesses views on governance based on survey data from around the world, we find that they do. But...
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What's behind the demand for governance? An assessment of people's views

Research reports and studies | March 2014 | Gina Bergh, Alina Rocha Menocal and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
This paper analyses emerging data from the United Nations' MY World survey of people’s priorities for the future and how they have voted on governance-related issues. We compare this with a review of available evidence from global perception surveys and...

Putting an urban dimension in post-2015

Comment | 28 January 2014 | Paula Lucci
'If we are to end poverty, we must think about urbanisation. The world’s population is becoming increasingly urban and the number of people living in slums is set to rise... How might a new set of goals do a better job than the MDGs at addressing the problems and...
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Governance targets and indicators for post 2015: an initial assessment

Research reports and studies | January 2014 | Marta Foresti and Leni Wild, with Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi and Andrew Norton
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are recognised as having significantly shaped the global policy debate and resource allocations for development cooperation, through raising the profile of key aspects of development. A defining feature of the goals has been that...

Game changers: global policy priorities for the post-2015 agenda

Research reports and studies | November 2013 | Pedro Martins, Jonathan Glennie, Shakira Mustapha
There is a lot of debate but little agreement on the ‘global partnership’ that could underpin new goals on sustainable development after 2015. As well as development finance, other issues like trade, migration and tax are potentially on the agenda. This paper pulls...

What global partnership for post-2015?

Comment | 14 November 2013 | Claire Melamed
'If you think agreeing goals on health and education after 2015 is hard, just wait until the serious conversations start on the ‘global partnership’ that underpins them. All of the most difficult global issues are there: how to sort out the global trading system...
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Post-2015 at the UN General Assembly

Comment | 29 September 2013 | Claire Melamed
While the big news at UNGA was, of course, diplomatic breakthroughs on Iran and Syria, post-2015 got a pretty good airing as well. Along with the formal inter-governmental discussions at the MDGs Special Event on September 25th, there were hundreds of side events on...
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One hundred days on from the High-Level Panel report

Public event | 16 September 2013 16:30 - 18:00 GMT+01 (BST)
What do the experience of the High-Level Panel (HLP), and the responses to the HLP report, suggest for how to manage and influence the politics and process to define post-2015 goals in the coming period? 



The post-2015 agenda: analysis of current proposals in specific areas

Research reports and studies | July 2013 | Gina Bergh and Jonathan Couturier
We have been collecting proposals for goals and targets in a post-2015 agreement into a single database. This briefing is based on that database, and summarises the main areas of consensus and difference between the proposals in a range of specific areas.

After the post-2015 High-Level Panel report

Articles and blogs | June 2013 | Gina Bergh and Paula Lucci
'Done right, Post-2015 could be a globally transformative agenda. But as a Nairobi participant put it, this would require truly transformative leadership... time will tell if the world has enough of this to make the HLP’s ambitious vision a reality.'

After the post-2015 HLP report: responses from around the world

Public event | 6 June 2013 14:30 - 16:15 GMT+01 (BST)

The High-Level Panel, appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise him on the post-2015 agenda, reports on 30th May. Will the report live up to the hype? Will its recommendations meet the aspirations of the many groups and individuals...


How should inequality feature in a post-2015 agreement?

Public event | 18 April 2013 12:30 - 14:00 GMT+01 (BST)

Should our concern be with inequality, per se, or rather the situation of the most deprived? Which inequalities are most pressing? Do we need a goal on inequality, or should it be incorporated as a ‘cross cutting’ issue? Which individuals or groups should we...


Post-2015: can we talk about migration?

Research reports and studies | February 2013 | Paula Lucci and Pedro Martins
In this paper, we discuss international migration in the context of the post-2015 debate. Our main objective is to consider if and how international labour migration could be adequately incorporated in a future global development framework.

Recasting MDG 8: global policies for inclusive growth

Research reports and studies | January 2013 | Pedro Martins and Paula Lucci
As we approach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline, there is a growing interest and debate on what might replace them. This paper contributes to the post-2015 debate by presenting some arguments and proposals that could motivate the construction of an...

The new face of poverty

Working and discussion papers | November 2012 | Andy Sumner
A study looking at how the composition of poverty in low Income and lower middle-income countries (excluding China) has changed since the 1990s.

Post-2015: the road ahead

Research reports and studies | October 2012 | Claire Melamed
This paper looks first at progress on the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to draw some lessons on how a new agreement should aim to finish the job started in 2000.

Infrastructure services post-2015

Research reports and studies | October 2012 | Andrew Scott and Prachi Seth
This paper reviews progress towards infrastructure targets under the Millenium Development Goals, trends in access to infrastructure services and key issues for infrastructure in achieving the post-2015 goals.

What makes international agreements work: defining factors for success

Research reports and studies | October 2012 | Emily O'Brien and Richard Gowan
This paper develops a framework to assess multilateral agreements to inform debate on potential post-2015 frameworks. The study examines international agreements in three policy areas: environment, financial regulation and human rights.

Post-2015 education Millennium Development Goals

Research reports and studies | August 2012 | Nicholas Burnett and Colin Felsman
This report reviews and contributes to the evidence base concerning progress on the education Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All Goals (EFA) to 2015 and beyond.

Post-2015 health Millennium Development Goals

Research reports and studies | July 2012 | Julian Schweitzer, Marty Makinen, Lara Wilson and Marilyn Heymann
This paper reviews and contributes to the evidence base concerning progress on the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to 2015 and beyond.

Inclusive growth and a post-2015 framework

Research reports and studies | May 2012 | Gina Bergh, Claire Melamed
One of the recurring themes in the debate about the post-2015 agenda is the role that growth and employment issues should have within it. Current debates point to three, not mutually exclusive, approaches, tackling different parts of the policy agenda on inclusive...

Infrastructure service goals after 2015

Round-table | 24 May 2012 09:00 - 11:30 GMT+00

The roundtable will contribute to the evolving debate about the framework of development goals, which will be developed over the next three years, and will discuss questions specific to infrastructure services. 

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Inequality post 2015

Comment | 14 March 2012 | Claire Melamed
'The halving of income poverty, or the reduction of maternal mortality, is of course a tremendous achievement. But...the MDGs don’t provide the incentives for governments to find out who is left behind, or to design special policies to reach them.'
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Exclusion in household surveys: causes, impacts and ways forward

Research reports and studies | Cirenia Villegas Chavez and Emma Samman
The 2013 call of the High Level Panel on Post-2015 for a ‘data revolution’, echoed in the recent report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the data revolution, has given renewed impetus to data collection efforts to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’....