Centre for Global Development

Summer School 2015

The post-2015 development agenda: manifesto for an age of global inequality and turmoil?

15 – 18 June, University of Leeds

Fifteen years ago, all 189 member nations of the United Nations approved the adoption of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger around the world by 2015. Well, it is now 2015. Only some of the MDG targets have been reached; and the MDGs have been rigorously criticized for being overly focused on measurable targets, with too little attention to issues of justice and redistribution. Nevertheless, the United Nations plans to launch a new set of benchmarks, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Will these goals, seeking new remedies, make a difference? While new global challenges are emerging, new ways forward for global development are being hotly debated.

So, big questions remain of how best to tackle escalating global inequality, the impact of climate change on livelihoods and cultures, complex wars fought on varied fronts, continuing global economic recession, widespread corruption and fraud, governments hostile to their people, the challenges of mega cities, among others. Meanwhile, there are also signs of progressive economic and social change, people fighting the schemes of the powerful, social justice activism, governments challenging the one size fits all policy prescriptions…

Join us for our 2015 Summer School, which asks – Can the post-2015 agenda make a difference to development? Do they symbolise a new era for development, or is it business as usual? Can they open up opportunities for progressive change? What role international targets play in shaping the focus of development? What opportunities are there to tackle global inequality and deliver transformative development with justice for the Global South?

We invite you to take part in an exciting four-day programme, delivered by a range of expert presenters, researchers, practitioners, activists and academics, who work in the areas of gender, conflict, social movements, health, education, among others. Alongside your fellow students, we will debate the major issues from these various disciplinary areas, in order to reflect on the challenges and opportunities for the future of development. You will broaden your knowledge in a range of development disciplines, deepen your capabilities and skills related to critical thinking and analysis, research, group work, and communication. All learning will take place in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere.

Sessions to include: Poverty and inequalities, Natural resource use and climate change, Conflict and humanitarian crises, Health and education challenges post-2015, Sustainable development and social justice (Detailed programme to be confirmed)

Confirmed guest speakers: Sabina Alkire, Director of Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs – authors of forthcoming book ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis’ (OUP, 2015)



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