One of the areas of agreement that have already emerged through the Global Poverty Consensus Report dialogue process is that the post-MDG framework should include goals for reforming the structure of international institutions.
In response, ASAP is launching a new set of projects aimed at promoting the accountability agenda in the post-MDG framework by developing and advocating concrete and feasible goal that:
- Focus on state agents rather than aid recipients.
- Have outcomes that are defined in terms of changes to the structure of institutionalized practices and rules on the global level.
- Promote those institutional reforms that would have the most significant positive effect on human rights fulfillment and poverty alleviation globally.
- Are grounded in a “do not harm” principle, that is, are aimed at ensuring that these practices and rules to not contribute to the persistence or exacerbation of global poverty.
We identify six main areas in which institutional reform goals could have a major impact on human rights fulfillment and poverty alleviation:
- Illicit financial flows
- Labor standards
- Trade protectionism
- Resource and borrowing privileges
- Intellectual property law
- Environmental degradation
Over the next year, in tandem with the UNDP’s consultation process, ASAP will execute a series of impact projects focusing on illicit financial flows and at least one more of these six issues. Each project will aim to:
- Produce a research-based policy paper articulating and arguing for a set of politically feasible development goals.
- Build a broad coalition of academics, CSOs and corporations supporting them.
- Present and promote them in the upcoming UNDP thematic consultations on the post-MDG framework.
ASAP will carry out each of these projects in collaboration with partner organizations that have relevant expertise and resources.
Parallel to executing these projects, ASAP will continue to develop the Global Poverty Consensus Report (GPCR). The GPCR project aims to build an inclusive consensus among academics from different disciplines, approaches and world-regions on global poverty alleviation and articulating it in a way that is accessible to policy makers and suitable for framing and directly feeding into the MDG replacement process.
For more information contact Gilad Tanay at firstname.lastname@example.org