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Southern Perspectives on the Post-2015 International Development Agenda

1st Edition

Edited by Debapriya Bhattacharya, Andrea Ordóñez Llanos


294 pages | 64 B/W Illus.

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At the turn of the millennium, the unanimous adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly marked a new chapter in international development. However, voices from the Global South were noticeably absent in shaping the agenda. Fifteen years later, the global context has changed so much that it would have been inconceivable not to have taken voices from the South into account when planning the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since its inception in 2012, the Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals (Southern Voice), a network of 48 think tanks from Africa, Asia and Latin America, has generated a substantial body of original research to feed into various aspects of the post-2015 development agenda, such as the missing dimensions of the MDGs, ways to mitigate existing challenges in delivering on aspiredoutcomes, and new issues, goals, targets and indicators that are crucial for the next global development framework.

Southern Perspectives on the Post-2015 International Development Agenda consolidates this research and stitches together development realities and policy experiences from the Global South, infusing unique local perspectives to the global debate on the post-2015 agenda. The compendium addresses the overarching themes underpinning the new international development framework by focusing on issues such as sustainability and growth, inclusion and social policies, governance and capacities, and financing of the new agenda. Southern Voice seeks to challenge the "knowledge asymmetry" afflicting the global knowledge system by channelling evidence-based policy analyses produced by centres of excellence, located in the Global South.

This is a valuable resource for academics and researchers, policymakers and practitioners, and concerned students in search of alternative views on sustainable development.


"The papers in this volume are refreshing: technically sound and effectively critical of policies (in the country and regional context). They are by no means cut from one ideological cloth. In the piles of new publications about the SDGs this book really stands out." – Nancy Birdsall, Founding President, Center for Global Development, USA

Table of Contents

1. Exploring the Post-2015 Development Agenda from Southern Perspectives Debapriya Bhattacharya & Andrea Ordóñez Llanos

Part I: Overarching Issues of the Post-2015 Agenda

2. The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Favourable Enough to Africans? Ibrahima Hathie

3. Alternatives for Development or Alternatives to Development? Mireya Anabell Villacís Taco, María Fernanda Mora Garcés & Rodrigo López 

Part II: Sustainability and Growth

4. Growth within Natural Limits: The Debates, Propositions and Possibilities Karin Fernando & Prasanthi Gunawardena

5. Sustainable Energy Access for All: Building Sustainability into Universal Energy Access Mohd. Sahil Ali, Nihit Goyal & Shweta Srinivasan

6. Carbon Emission, Energy Consumption, Deforestation and Agricultural Income in LDCs: Lessons for Post-2015 Development Agenda Fahmida Khatun & Muhammad Al Amin

7. Is the Current Booming Growth in Africa Worth Celebrating? Some Evidence from Tanzania Bitrina Diyamett & Musambya Mutambala

Part III: Inclusion and Social Policies

8. Role of Social Exclusion in Human Development of Excluded Groups Nidhi S. Sabharwal

9. Social Protection and the MDGs in Sri Lanka: Implications for the Post-2015 Agenda Ganga Tilakaratna

10. Measuring of Progress of Decent Work to Support the MDGs and Post-MDGs Luis Linares & Julio Prado

11. Unpacking the Middle: A Class-based Analysis of the Labour Market in Sri Lanka Vagisha Gunasekara

12. Social Institutions and Gender Inequality in Fragile States: Are They Relevant for the Post-MDG Debate? Boris Branisa & Carolina Cardona

Part IV: Governance and Capacities

13. Ensuring Good Governance and Effective Institutions: Can We Afford to Ignore Capacity Issues? Subrat Das

14. Mind the Data Gap: Evaluating MDG’s Contribution to the Improvement of Statistical Capacities in Bolivia, 2000-2013 Katerine F. Saravia Olivarez & Wilson Jiménez Pozo

15. Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers and Gender-sensitive Education Financing Khalida Ghaus & Muhammad Sabir 

Part V: Financing the New Development Agenda

16. Exploring Domestic Financing Options for Post-2015 Development Agenda in Selected Sub-Saharan African Countries Eberechukwu Uneze & Adedeji Adeniran

17. Illicit Financial Flows in view of Financing the Post-2015 Development Agenda Towfiqul Islam Khan & Mashfique Ibne Akbar

About the Editors

Debapriya Bhattacharya is the Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Andrea Ordóñez Llanos is the Research Coordinator for Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries