Sustaining Development as We Know It: Limits to Downward Accountability in Post-2015 International Development Policy

20 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2015

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Daniel E. Esser

American University - School of International Service

Yoonbin Ha

American University

Date Written: August 4, 2015

Abstract

A review of the literature on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) published during the past fifteen years demonstrates that accountabilities have constituted one of this global framework’s weaknesses. In response, we develop four dimensions of accountability in global development governance and apply them to the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the MDGs’ successors. We focus on the extent to which the SDGs change accountabilities of bilateral donors and multilateral aid organizations to national recipient governments and to local beneficiaries. We find that compared to the MDGs, national governments had markedly more influence on the content of the SDGs. At the same time, despite UN-sponsored efforts to seek input from the public, post-2015 agenda-setting in global development governance continues being determined by policy elites. We conclude with a call for strengthening and institutionalizing downstream accountabilities as building blocks for global transparency and international aid effectiveness.

Keywords: international governance, developing countries, economic development, environment, health & medicine

Suggested Citation

Esser, Daniel E. and Ha, Yoonbin, Sustaining Development as We Know It: Limits to Downward Accountability in Post-2015 International Development Policy (August 4, 2015). School of International Service Research Paper No. 2015‒7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2640297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2640297

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