Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals
Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals (Southern Voice - SV) is a network of 49 thinks tanks from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, which serves as an open platform to make contributions to the international discourse on the multidimensional aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The network addresses the existing knowledge asymmetry in the global debates and participation deficit of developing countries by generating and disseminating evidence-based policy analyses by researchers from countries of the Global South. To date, all members of the network are, or at some point had been, awardees of the multi-donor supported Think Tank Initiative (TTI).
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
In general, Southern Voice commits to
- Provide a platform for the Southern think tanks in implementing and exchanging novel ideas on SDG issues that are grounded on the realities of the developing world.
- Strengthen the participation of Southern researchers in the SDG issues by improving their analytical contributions and strategic engagements.
- Addressing capacity gaps and data deficits as regards the implementation of the SDGs, new issues beyond data issues related to national-level implications of the SDGs
- Emergence of Southern Voice’s website as a major source of information on SDG implementation in the South
In addition, Southern Voice commits to contribute its unique perspectives, initially in three working groups of the Global Data Partnership, viz. Working Group #1: Country Level Data Roadmaps/Action Plans, Working Group #2: Global Data Collaboratives; and Working Group #5: Advancing Principles and Protocols.
Besides its contributions in these working groups, Southern Voice will share key findings of the studies undertaken by the network in the recent past at various platforms of the Global Data Partnership. These will strengthen the communication and outreach activities of the Southern Voice network.