Bhattacharya & Afshar Ali: Post-2015 International Development Agenda – Exploring Issues Related to Means of Implementation


The implementation phase of the post-2015 development agenda will include decoding the conceptual core of the agenda into practice through various plans, methods and actions. This paper outlines the lessons learnt from the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); points out specific implementation issues reflected in various post-2015 related reports; reviews the financial and nonfinancial means of implementation and highlights different institutional arrangements of delivery.

Shortfalls in accountability mechanism, limits of market determined process, lack of prioritisation to public expenditure and fiscal policies, inadequate resource flow and lack of necessary data are the five major lessons learnt which can be used to aid the delivery of the post-2015 agenda. Financial means of implementation include official development assistance, debt relief, domestic revenue, trade in goods and services, foreign direct investment, remittance and public-private partnership. Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) and South-South cooperation are two institutional arrangements for delivering on means of implementation. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of having a well-defined mechanism for monitoring the delivery of post-2015 agenda’s promises.

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