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Sustainable Development Goals E-InventorySustainable Development Goals E-Inventory

Crowdsourcing proposals for post-2015 to feed into the intergovernmental process on SDGs
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    What matters most?Evidence from 84 participatory studies with thoseliving with extreme poverty and marginalisationAim for the eradication of extreme poverty and reduction in inequalitiesStrengthen the individual and collective capacities of people living in greatest poverty and marginalisationPrioritise participation throughout
The Participate Initiative
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Proposal : What matters most?
Evidence from 84 participatory studies with those
living with extreme poverty and marginalisation

Summary : This Participate report draws on the experiences and views of people living in extreme poverty and marginalisation in 107 countries. It distils messages from 84 participatory research studies published in the last seven years. Forty-seven of these studies are based on creative material coming from visual participatory methods.

A development framework post-2015 will have legitimacy if it responds to the needs of all citizens, in particular those who are most marginalised and face ongoing exclusion from development processes. The framework has to incorporate shared global challenges and have national level ownership if it is to support meaningful change in the lives of people living in poverty. In an early findings paper prepared for the High Level Panel meeting in Monrovia, we focused on understanding the lessons learnt from people’s experiences of predominantly international development assistance. This final report merges these findings with learning from the second phase of the synthesis, adding a substantive focus on national and local level policy and development planning and how relationships, and accountability between citizens and governance institutions at these levels can be strengthened through the active engagement of those most marginalised in decision-making.

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Goal : Aim for the eradication of extreme poverty and reduction in inequalities

Targets and Indicators: This should include a focus on wellbeing that goes beyond material needs to an integrated, holistic approach which considers empowerment, dignity and capacity.

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Goal : Strengthen the individual and collective capacities of people living in greatest poverty and marginalisation

Targets and Indicators: This means strengthening the:
  • Capacities of individuals to access resources and to contribute in their own development.
  • Capacities of individuals and collectives to represent issues that matter to the poorest, and support collective responses to problems.
  • Capacities of government institutions to respond to the needs and interests of people living in greatest poverty and marginalisation.

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Goal : Prioritise participation throughout

Targets and Indicators:
  • Build participation into every stage of the development process from conception; to design; to implementation; to learning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Include citizen-led regulation and monitoring of services in order to strengthen governance institutions – making them more accessible and accountable.
  • Include a measurement for how accountable governments and multilateral processes are to citizen participation.

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