Dr. José Manuel Roche, Head of Research at Save the Children, Monitoring equitable progress in the post2015 development goals: connecting the “Leave no one behind” and “share prosperity” principles based on a multidimensional perspective
The new post2015 sustainable development goals aim to overcome one of the main weakness of their antecessor Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): being blind to inequality. While countries have made substantial achievements in reducing poverty and various forms of deprivation, progress has often being uneven and accompanied by raising inequalities. There is a growing consensus that from conception the new goals should promote equitable progress. The high level panel report proposed to place at the center of the new framework the “leave no one behind” principle, and ensuring that the goals focus on excluded groups so no person – regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status – is left behind. The World Bank has proposed to “boost share prosperity” by shifting from a focus on average economic growth to promoting income growth amongst the bottom 40 percent of people. These initiatives are all welcome, but we argue the new goals and its monitoring system need to go further. The framework needs a multidimensional perspective of share prosperity that ensure that no one is left behind from enjoying progress in the multiple dimensions of human wellbeing. This paper discusses the methodological challenges that such approach implies for the monitoring of the new development goals.
Dr José Manuel Roche is currently Head of Research at Save the Children UK. He has a Doctorate from the University of Sussex and over 20 years of research and consultancy experience in international development, poverty analysis, social inequality, human development and the capability approach. He is also currently research associate at OPHI at the Department of International Development in the University of Oxford, and is Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College in the same university. He is also Education Officer and Member of the Executive council (elected 2012-2015) of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA), coordinator of the Quantitative Research Thematic Group at the HDCA (since 2009) and research fellow at the Social Science Research Centre (CISOR) in Venezuela. He was awarded the 2007 Wiebke Kuklys Prize, and is a Chevening Alumni (2004/06). José Manuel has undertaken and overseen research on multidimensional poverty analysis, including leading the Multidimensional Poverty Index project at OPHI during 2011-2013. His research in this area includes dynamics of multidimensional poverty; global distribution of multidimensional poverty; global analysis of subnational disparities; child poverty measurement; and multidimensional poverty in Venezuela.
Professor Ruth Pearson, Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds, It’s so hard to do development: problems and possibilities of equitable development in the 21st Century
Ruth Pearson will be drawing on her extensive experience in academia and as an activist, including the emergence of the gender and development agenda, global gender issues and the role of feminism in understanding the complexity of unequal gender relations. Ruth is an economist has worked on a wide range of issues in different areas of the globe, including production and social reproduction, the gender and work in the global economy, gender and economic crisis, migrant workers in the global market and striking women workers in the UK. She has worked with many development agencies including DFID, EU, World Bank, UNDP and UNRISD, and also with NGOS such as Oxfam, Plan International, Practical Action, Homeworkers Worldwide, Association of Women’s Rights Development and the UK Women’s Budget Group. She is an Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds.