This article was published on 6 December and is available on the European Report on Development blog.
++ SERIES: BUILDING THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK++
Preparation of the European Report on Development 2013 is now well underway. It will focus on “Elements for a Post-2015 Agenda” and aims at feeding into the debate about what development framework should replace the Millennium Development Goals after their expiry date in 2015. As part of the background research work for this report, the ERD team is conducting four country case studies (in Nepal, Peru, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire) to ensure that the report reflects different developing country experiences and perspectives with regard to the Millennium Development Goals and what should follow. ECDPM has been engaged on the country case study of Côte d’Ivoire along with our local research partner CIRES, the Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales.
Our research, also discussed at a workshop in Abidjan in July, looks not only at Ivory Coast’s performance on achieving the MDGs but also attempts to measure what impact – if any at all -– the goals framework had on national policy making. Oxfam’s Duncan Green and his colleagues have pointed to the fact that “when it comes to assessing the concrete impact of the MDGs, the key issue is evidence of their impact at national level. What influence did they have on decisions made by national governments? Have they strengthened or weakened the social contract between citizens and the state?”. While they point to the “startling lack of research into these questions”, this was part of the objective of the ERD country case studies. We need an understanding of the past when proposing ideas to shape the future framework.
While the lack of rigorous research relates to the difficulty of attributing any kind of outcome to the existence of the MDGs rather than other factors, it may also be that such an analysis might unveil unwelcome lessons for those keen to carry on as usual.
The Côte d’Ivoire case study and the discussion we had in Abidjan raised 4 main points for me about the MDGs and their role in the country’s development path.
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Bruce Byiers is Policy Officer Trade & Economic Governance at ECDPM.
This blog post features the author’s personal views and does not represent the view of ECDPM.