Post-2015 Development Agenda Setting in Focus: Governance and Institutions

J. Waage & C. Yap, Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development (London: Ubiquity Press, 2015), Forthcoming

12 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2015  

Niheer Dasandi

Department of Political Science, University College London

David Hudson

University College London

Tom Pegram

University College London

Date Written: January 5, 2015

Abstract

Governance, at both the global and national levels, has long been an important focus of international development efforts. However, while there is a long history of global goal setting, there has been very little goal setting on national governance and institutions. Global governance was incorporated into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as Goal 8, but there was no domestic governance goal. The proposed inclusion of Goal 16 in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” – by the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (2014) is therefore genuinely novel and important. In this short chapter we take a step back to try and clear up some conceptual confusion around the status of governance in international goal setting as well as flag up the likely political challenges facing the SDGs. We evaluate the historical process of governance goal setting, progress in the area, and finally assess the current debates and propose the most important issues facing the future of governance and development goals.

Keywords: sustainability, development, governance, globalization, institutions

Suggested Citation

Dasandi, Niheer and Hudson, David and Pegram, Tom, Post-2015 Development Agenda Setting in Focus: Governance and Institutions (January 5, 2015). J. Waage & C. Yap, Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development (London: Ubiquity Press, 2015), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2545399

Niheer Dasandi

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David Hudson

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Tom Pegram (Contact Author)

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