This is a report of a workshop which began to identify the major components of a strategy to engage poor people in developing a new set of development goals.
We are now less than four years away from 2015, the date for achieveing the targets set by The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Despite their many failings, the goals have been remarkably successful at mobilising public opinion, as well as framing the international debate and mobilising finance for the goals themselves. Academics, governments, intergovernmental organisations and campaigners have already begun to ask what should replace them.
Many are arguing that the voices of poor people should be heard in the formulation of whatever replaces the MDGs post-2015. With support from DFID, Involve ran a workshop with CAFOD which brought together engagement practitioners, development professionals planning to engage the poor in the debate about the post-2015 MDG framework, and funders. The workshop began to identify the major components of a strategy to engage poor people in developing a new set of development goals.
This report is not a verbatim record of the workshop but rather an attempt to capture areas of broad consensus and key unanswered questions in order to provide workshop participants with a basis for further action. It may also be useful for others interested in participation in the post-2015 framework or more generally in the areas of engagement with poor people, participation in development or participation on a global level.