Despite global progress in the last 15 years, the task of eradicating extreme poverty is far from finished: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) only aimed to halve world poverty. The post-2015 agenda must, therefore, not only build on the MDGs, but also go much further and finish the job.
World Vision, amongst many others, is calling for zero-based goals in the next development agenda, including the elimination of hunger and preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. This means the most vulnerable, who have been left behind in the MDG era, will need to be reached. This will not be possible simply by doing more of the same: new and innovative approaches are needed. Cross-sector partnerships – between government, business and civil society – are one of the primary modalities through which it is hoped such innovations will be created and delivered.
World Vision believes it is vital the post-2015 process give sufficient consideration to, and makes provision for, how the new thematic goals will be achieved. This includes realising the potential of cross-sector partnerships by adopting targets that specifically encourage and support their use. To support this proposal, World Vision has undertaken a qualitative research study
to explore how targets for cross-sector partnerships could be captured and articulated in the post-2015 framework.
This study consisted of 31 interviews with key informants from government, business and civil society. This discussion paper includes findings from the interviews, alongside World Vision’s own reflections and proposed recommendations.
A key finding was that all the interviewees, regardless of whether they were from business, government, or civil society, wanted to see cross-sector partnerships recognised and encouraged in the post-2015 framework. The majority of interviewees felt the framework should include specific targets related to cross-sector partnerships, and there was strong agreement these targets should focus on the enabling environment required for cross-sector partnerships to flourish. Based on World Vision’s experience and the interview findings, World Vision proposes the post-2015 framework include the following targets:
- T1: At country level, a single, action-oriented multi-stakeholder platform covering all of the new post-2015 goals is in place, convened by government. The platform supports the establishment and execution of cross-sector partnerships as a key mode of implementation to achieve the government's development priorities,and provides a clear entry point for all potential partners.
- T2: Accountability mechanisms are in place for all cross-sector partnerships.
- T3: Donor countries (including developing countries through South-South cooperation) commit to the provision of financial and technical assistance to developing country governments to enable T1 and T2 to be achieved.
- T4: A global, multi-stakeholder issue platform is in place for each of the new post-2015 goals, to convene diverse stakeholders and to support alignment with (and link to) national-level platforms.
World Vision proposes these targets be mainstreamed under each of the thematic goals (i.e. the successors to MDGs 1–7), so that a stronger link is made between the desired outcomes and the means for achieving them. Further, the targets should also be documented under any Global Partnership or Means of Implementation goal.
World Vision will be convening further discussions with governments, business, civil society and the UN around the proposed recommendations in the discussion paper, before refining them, submitting them to the post-2015 process, and calling on Member States to support them. Part of this consultation includes a live online discussion on Business Fights Poverty at 3.30 pm London time on 5 June. Please join the discussion at that time and let us know what you think.