This spring, the UN is meeting to decide the framework for ending global poverty. The agenda set at that meeting will affect the livelihoods, the health, and the futures of millions of the world’s poorest people. But right now, those people are not involved in that agenda-setting process. Worse yet, they don’t even know it’s happening. ONE believes that the path to ending extreme poverty must be one that factors in the voices of those actually living in extreme poverty.
We have a once in a generation opportunity to change the game with one fell swoop – Now is the time to strike.
A High Level Panel (HLP) of 26 people will be meeting in Monrovia, Liberia on 1 February to design the global blueprint for tackling extreme poverty and other development challenges. The High Level Panel is co-chaired by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This effort will, in part, shape how trillions of dollars are spent, how they are tracked, and how accountable everyone will be for their results. The stakes are huge. We need to make sure that we step up to the plate.
The aim of our “Open for Development” campaign – and the global petition – is to persuade the HLP to recommend in their report to the UN Secretary General – due in May – that openness form the bedrock of the next global development framework.
ONE has written a short report, produced in collaboration with Development Initiatives, Global Witness, Integrity Action, the International Budget Partnership, Publish What You Fund, the Revenue Watch Institute and Transparency International. Together, we are looking for three things: first, openness in the design of the post-2015 framework to ensure that the post-2015 goals reflect people’s needs and priorities; second, openness in the monitoring of investments and outcomes so that governments (both developing and donor nations) collect information about what they spend and what they achieve in pursuit of the goals; and third, openness in terms of making that information widely available and accessible so that citizens, parliaments and the media can use it hold governments to account for the use of public resources.