The North-South Institute



Tracking Post-2015

January 15, 2013

By Kate Higgins

The North-South Institute

The clear, quantifiable and time-bound nature of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with goals, targets and indicators by which progress can be measured, has been heralded as one of the most valuable features of the MDGs.  It is likely that the post-2015 agenda will be framed in a similar way, but with a new set of priorities.

As a result, a number of proposals are being made on the issues, and corresponding goals, targets and indicators, which should make up the post-2015 development framework.

Last week, Gina Bergh from the Overseas Development Institute published a list of emerging proposals on  She also asked for help in figuring out the gaps, especially in any proposals with concrete targets and indicators. Gina, your wish is my command!

The North-South Institute is thrilled to launch its “Tracking Post-2015” initiative.  The initiative will track, follow and analyze the post-2015 process, and through the “Tracking Post-2015” tool, available through the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), track concrete proposals on goals, targets and indicators as they are made.

The tool is organized around 15 themes: children/youth; disaster resilience; economic rules; education; employment; environment; equality; gender equality; governance, democracy and justice; health and nutrition; human rights; income; infrastructure; peace and security; and social protection.  Within each theme, key issues are identified.    This enables the examination of emerging themes and issues of consensus, as well as the data will be required to track progress in a post-2015 era with accuracy and rigour.

Our intention is not to lobby for a particular proposal, but to organize and analyze these proposals in an accessible way. As Alex Cobham from Save the Children noted on Uncounted last week, there is a need to bring the conversation on post-2015 around to specifics and start working through what abstract concepts, like the importance of addressing inequality, will mean in practice for goals, targets and indicators.  We realize that there is a long way to go before these things are decided by the political masters, and that this is just one piece of the post-2015 pie. But it is one that we hope we can meaningfully contribute to.  In the spirit of data openness and transparency, all data posted and used through the “Tracking Post-2015” initiative is available and downloadable.

Which proposals have we missed? What could make the tool better? How should the tool be used to contribute to the global post-2015 conversation? Do you want to collaborate with us?   We plan to continue to improve and refine the “Tracking Post-2015” tool and accompanying analysis over time so are very keen to get your feedback. Please contact Kate Higgins at with your comments.