MY World

January 2013 to September 2015

What is it that people most want in life? The answers are to be found in the United Nations MY World survey, brainchild of Claire Melamed, Head of ODI’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme, and Paul Ladd, Senior Advisor and Head of Post-2015 at UNDP. MY World is a global survey for citizens which aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world.

The survey is now a core part of the UN post-2015 process. More than 1 million people in 194 countries have participated so far, making this one of the biggest surveys ever carried out. It is the first survey to feed into a political process on this scale, and the results have informed every meeting of the High-Level Panel on the post-2015 agenda, will be fed into the meetings of the UN’s Open Working Group on new goals, and are being used by civil-society groups, researchers, and politicians as they try to understand what people want from a new agenda.  

People of all ages, genders and nationalities list ‘an honest and responsive government’ among their top three priorities. People clearly want their politicians to do better, and any new agreement must hold governments to account. The other two priorities that regularly top the list are ‘a good education’ and ‘better healthcare’ – a timely reminder that, while the post-2015 conversation focuses on the new, people still care about the basics.

The MY World results provide solid information on what people actually expect from their leaders. It is not about who shouts the loudest; it’s about what people, in their hundreds of thousands, vote for. So, when governments sit down to hammer out a new development framework, they can’t say they don’t know what people want – MY World is telling them.  

MY World will continue gathering people’s voices up to 2015, and we want as many people in as many countries as possible to be involved: citizens of all ages, genders and backgrounds, and particularly the world’s poor and marginalised communities. The results will continue to be shared with the Secretary-General and global leaders as they prepare the next development agenda in the run up to 2015.

Have your say by visiting: http://www.myworld2015.org/, and have a go at analysing the MY World data yourself.

Outputs

MY World: listening to 1 million voices

Comment | 25 September 2013 | Claire Melamed
'MY World is a global survey about people’s priorities. This week saw the millionth vote uploaded... MY World is probably one of the largest global surveys ever carried out, and one of the most comprehensive.'
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MY World: Summary of results May 2013

Research reports and studies | May 2013 | Claire Melamed, Paul Ladd
By May 16th 2013, the MY World survey had mobilized over 570 000 participants in 190 countries to vote for their most important priorities. The data that the survey is generating yields important information not only on global priorities, but also how these differ by...
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MY World: Summary of results March 2013

Research reports and studies | April 2013 | Claire Melamed, Paul Ladd
By March 21st 2013, the MY World survey had mobilized over 150,000 participants in 190 countries to vote for their most important priorities. This paper provides information on the current findings at a global and sub-global level.
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MY World: First survey results

Research reports and studies | January 2013 | Claire Melamed, Paul Ladd
Results for the first comprehensive offline MY World survey in Liberia, as well as preliminary results from the online survey are now available.
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