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Voices from the ground for post-2015

Voices from the ground shared hoping that they could make a difference in making post-2015 global development framework reflective of the perspectives of those living in poverty and marginalization. Equitable distribution of resources, sustainable livelihoods and employment, sustainable natural resource management and environmental protection, health and education, cultural integrity and  transparent and accountable governance are among the post-2015 development agenda raised by the grassroots from Mindanao through the COMPASS 2015 research which is part of the global Participate initiative that explores people’s experiences over the last 15 years. The research It aims to identify the priorities, challenges, visions and aspirations of poor or marginalised people. 

EcoWEB is one of the partners of the CAFOD in undertaking this uniquely participatory research grounded in CAFOD’s work with people who are marginalised or living in poverty. 1,420 people in 56 poor communities across Bolivia, Philippines, Uganda and Zimbabwe participated in this research. 

Global CSO Conference on Advancing Post 2015 Sustainable Development

ECOWEB as member of the Executive Committee of the Beyond 2015 campaign has attended the Global CSO Conference on Advancing Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda held at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany last 20-23 March. The conference was attended by more than 300 CSO representatives from various parts of the globe. The conference which is aimed to contribute in the on-going debate on the Post 2015 development framework to succeed the MDG come 2015 was sponsored by the Berlin Civil Society Center.

Development proposals drawn up

A COALITION of civil society groups has identified proposals on inclusive growth to the government, in order to aid in the crafting of the next global development framework.

  Member groups of Beyond 2015 Philippines, a local unit of a global civil society campaign pushing for a new framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), relayed to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) their suggestions yesterday.

The proposals will then be submitted to an international panel for consideration in the formulation of the post-MDG framework.

Inclusive growth and participation in development -- especially by the marginalized -- was at the heart of the recommendations.

"We know that the Millenium Development Goals as it was formulated at the start of the century, it was not participatory enough," Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. Executive Director Regina Salvador-Antequisa said.

Economy, health, education, social protection, peace and security, politics and governance, culture and identity and environment were the policy areas touched on by the proposals. 

They were the results of multi-sectoral consultations which include civil society organizations and beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

The proposals included the systematic development of agriculture and manufacturing sector, full implementation of agrarian and fisheries reform, expansion of health insurance and participation of civil societies in the planning of national budget.

For his part, NEDA Deputy Director-General Emmanuel F. Esguerra, said many of the recommendations were already integrated into the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

"I’m happy to say that most of the [recommendations] are captured in the updating of the mid-term PDP. Just like in the original 2011-2016 plan, the MDGs informed the formulation of the plan," he explained.

MDGs are eight international goals initiated by United Nations (UN) in 2000. All UN member states and other international organizations are expected to accomplish the targets in 2015. 

The MDGs call for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, universal education, gender equality, women empowerment, the reduction of child mortality rates, the improvement of maternal health, battling HIV/AIDS and environmental sustainability.

The Philippines, however, has lagged in meeting the MDGs. NEDA has admitted that more work needs to be done in the areas of poverty, education and maternal health.

Moreover, a report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) showed the country has fallen behind in the areas of poverty and education.

On the ADB’s scale of 1 to 5, with one point indicating "early achievement" of the MDGs, while five points meant a "regression," the country scored four points, equivalent to "no progress."

Government data showed that the net enrollment ratio in primary education hit 91.21% in 2011, while the completion rate stood at 70.96%. The MDG requires these ratios to climb to 100%.

Meanwhile, poverty incidence must fall to 18% two years from now. As of the first semester of 2012, it still stood at 27.9%. A tenth of Filipinos families is also estimated to live in extreme poverty.

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