By Daniel Esser.
- Was the process leading up to the SDGs really an exercise in global democratic policy making?
- Although broad consultation efforts shaped the process, these alone were not able to alter the power structures undergirding the political economy of aid.
- In the end, UN members states finalized the agenda behind closed doors and civil society organisations were once again relegated to serving as commentators and claqueurs.
Approximate reading time: 3-4 minutes.
The MDGs: An exercise in top-down development planning
Almost twenty years ago, a small group of white men sat together and dreamed up the Millennium Development Goals …