19 September 2013

What do the poor want after the MDGs?

What do the poor want in the global fight against poverty?

Well, at least in Egypt, Brazil, Uganda and India, the poor got a chance to say.

In June and July, surveyors in these countries sought feedback from the poor on what should follow in the wake of the expiration of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Each of the groups outlined different ideas in recently published communiqués.

The Egypt group stressed more attention to the issue of self-sufficiency. Uganda’s urged for sustainable development and India’s recommendations focused on equality. Finally, the panel in Brazil outlined what it called a ‘global life plan’ that illustrates the interconnectedness of everyone in the world.

“We consider that “Self-Sufficiency” is one of the main issues to concentrate on at the national as well as at the international level because it is a direct factor contributing to the protection of Human Dignity. Every person will have Self-Sufficiency when “he doesn’t look or wish to have what other people have,” write the Egyptian panel.

The communiqués build off of a series of recommendations were published earlier this year from a UN High-Level Panel led by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Recommendations from the country-level discussions and the High-Level Panel (HLP) find points of accord and disagreement. Inclusion is seen as an important part of the process of moving people out of poverty, but the communiques talked less about how it can apply to issues like gender (though Uganda does talk about women’s empowerment) and energy as opposed to the HLP.

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