In order to provide a platform for the think tanks from the global South and with a view to strengthen the analytical understanding of post-2015 international development agenda, a research conference captioned “Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals and Targets” has been convened in Istanbul on 16-17 February, 2015. The conference is being organised by Southern Voice on Post-MDGs in association with the Think Tank Initiative (TTI), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa.
Southern Voice on Post-MDGs is a network of 48 think tanks from Asia, Africa and Latin America, which addresses the existing knowledge gap in the area of global development via fresh perspectives and insights originating from Southern think tanks. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka is the Secretariat of the Southern Voice on Post-MDGs. Members of the network are supported by the Think Tank Initiative (TTI), managed by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa. The key findings by research grantees of Southern Voice on Post-MDGs will be presented in the conference at various sessions. Please see Occasional Paper Series. These researches have reinterpreted existing outputs of the Southern think tanks or have undertaken new research relating to the emerging post-2015 international agenda.
The core themes of the conference will include: (i) shaping of the international development agenda for post-2015 period; (ii) identification of implementation challenges of the post-2015 agenda; and (iii) understanding national implications for implementing post-2015 international development goals. A special strategy session on “What next for Southern Voice?” is scheduled during the closing segment of the programme. The conference will also consider the findings of the project “Post-2015: Data Test. Unpacking Data Revolution at Country Level.” Southern Voice has been implementing the project with Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Ottawa, and Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka. More than fifty researchers and experts from the Southern Voice network and beyond will participate in the event. The participant list will be available shortly. The conference is expected to strengthen not only the bonding among Southern researchers, but also their interface with other reputed experts on post-2015 issues. It will also provide an opportunity to finalise the publication plan for a volume on “Southern Perspectives on Post-2015 Agenda.”
ECDPM’s James Mackie will make a presentation on the European Report on Development (ERD) 2014 on “Financing and other means of implementation in the post-2015 context”.