“Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” is the focus for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will convene from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019 at the UN in New York to review progress on six of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality is of course the main focus for an approach to development that is people-centred, including social change, social norms, media development, behaviour change, amplifying the voice of those most affected, accountability to affected people, local and national conversation, engaged and informed societies, social networking, media freedom, community engagement, and similar strategies.
Too often, an essential people-centred approach for effective and sustainable Development is overshadowed by a Development policy and funding priority focus on new technologies, economic models, scientific “breakthroughs”, expert opinion, and the like. One major reason often stated for the technical over the people is that there is a lack of evidence for the impact of the people approach.
That understanding is wrong. As a contribution to the HLPF process, we have gathered evidence that provides the impact data. Please see Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality: An Evidence-based Strategy and Investment Paper for Consideration by the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019.
Just a few examples of impact data from people-centred strategies: 1.78 times more likely to use a modern family planning method; Public funds captured by corruption down 60%; 72% increase in girls having their own savings; and 11.6 percentile educational gain – see the full strategic argument and set of data at this link. This data is couched, as it should be, in the context of a reality story and a rights perspective.
If you are attending the HLPF in New York, please feel free to use this argument and data in the discussions and debates that take place. If you know people who will be attending, please do forward this to them.
We very much hope that Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality: An Evidence-based Strategy and Investment Paper for Consideration by the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019 is helpful for your deliberations and for making the case for a higher policy priority and greatly expanded investment in a people-centred approach for more effective and sustainable Development.
We would also very much welcome your critique and comments on this paper. Helpful? Accurate? Compelling? Missing what? Makes sense? Please enter your comments in the comments block here at the end of the short paper.
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