Posts Tagged Post-2015; Development; United Nations

Post-2015 Developments in Asia: Impact on the Ground

GVI connected with Sivasubramanian, a thought leader in Internet governance space based in India and currently serves global organizations like ISOC and ICANN at various capacities. GVI spoke with him to understand how post-2015 development efforts are impacting people in the Asia.


Do you think the mechanisms for multi­stakeholder engagement in forging the agenda (e.g. the online World We Want platform, the MY World 2015 Global Survey, as well as regional and national consultations) will usher in new ongoing modes of inclusive global governance? Should it?


It is good to see multi­stakeholder model being increasingly adopted in the forging and implementing the Developmental Agenda in Global Governance. While the world has been considerably effective in minimizing global conflicts or providing relief on a global scale, its ultilateral process, in the area of economic and social development, during the past 70 years, has been highly politicized in identifying the core issues and in reaching agreements on the developmental priorities; where the issues are identified, the top­down implementation model produced sub­optimal results.


Inter­governmental diplomatic process by seasoned diplomats is required in some specialized areas such as global conflict resolution, but at the same time, the global developmental tasks are so enormous and so complex that it is impossible for Governments alone, (in disconnected isolation of other stakeholders) to generate effective and conclusive solutions to problems. In the multi­stakeholder process, not only does stakes are claimed by stakeholders but the expertise from across different stakeholder groups of Business, Academia and other sectors of the Civil Society combine with that of the Government to generate well informed and optimal solutions to various issues.


Inclusive Governance does not necessarily imply proportionate inclusion of participants from every region, from every country, from every creed, proportionately across genders. Such a rationale for inclusiveness would generate endless debates on the basis for proportionate representation, for example, inclusion in proportion of population, inclusion in proportion of geographic space etc. By extension there is no single formula for proportionate representation, that could be deemed completely fair. What ought to be the focus is fair global governance, fair for everyone. If there is a fair process where a woman could decide in a manner that is fair for both genders, then it is not required to double a seat where only one is required.


Fair global governance is achievable by the multistakeholder process as this process tends to broadly balance the interests, even without proportionate inclusion or representation. As the development process increasingly adopts the multi­stakeholder process, global governance becomes more and more effective.What are your thoughts or what role does you see for the private sector, for philanthropists, other new actors in development? What would be the nature of some of the collaborations, and on what issues?


Private Sector has played a role that is much greater than that of governments in global development. While Governments have played the role of a regulator, private sector has brought in innovations and caused progress to happen. The role of Government could be viewed as that of a facilitator or enabler, instead of a regulator, then the roles played by the rest of the actors become more and more effective. Philanthropists could look for similarity of causes and bring together resources where possible for more effective global philanthropy. For a start, there could be a spatial overview of philanthropic missions and programs to minimize redundant allocations and to cover neglected areas of philanthropy. An effective multi­stakeholder process could help channelize or guide the philanthropic resources in a manner that such resources are optimally allocated for global development. Private Sector could consider adopting the social enterprise model more and more, get more involved in the multi­stakeholder process and also support the participation of Civil Society and ther actors who might have participation constraints.

The online stakeholder engagement platforms are valuable tools to engage stakeholders. The platforms need to incorporate more collaborative tools, perhaps with help from the Internet technical community who would be glad to contribute to the efforts to apply their expertise to aid developmental efforts.

A second chance: both for goals and development

It’s not always easy to see it, but sometimes we’re given second chances just when we’ve given up.

And it’s only natural at times to just give in. After weeks, maybe even months or years, of simply pushing and trying to make a dream or a project work, the reality of it all sets in and you realize that it might not be meant to be after all.

“What’s the reason for me even doing this?” you find yourself wondering. Maybe you begin to doubt the effectiveness of the purposeful role you had sought after and won within or around the United Nations system.

But that second chance kicks in to just change it all. In our lifetimes, this can be finally meeting “the one” after years of heartbreak and hardships. For others, this could be that magic day when after trying so hard for years that blue line in the pregnancy test appears – and your life is changed forever.

For our line of work, the blue line of new beginnings comes when a new breath of hope is released into a project or a purposeful mission that we’ve been pressing on for years. Securing ultrasound machines for a maternal clinic in your UNFPA division in Upper Mongolia? Receiving the support for more UNICEF “Education in a box” support from government aid investors so more can be given to Syrian refugees in Lebanon? Whatever the task, it’s always encouraging and hopeful that the purpose you felt you were set out to do when you decided to work under the banner of the United Nations or its networks is finally kicking in.

And that second chance can come as simple as taking a photo. Take part in the GVI Photo Contest and post a picture today that reflects your passion and purpose for why you are committed to working within or around the UN System and you could win up to $1,000 to finance a project of yours that helps you fulfill that sense of purpose.

And if you don’t have a project quite yet then worry not for more are bound to arrive. With the new development plans for post-2015 in the making, countless second chances are being offered to those who felt they were forgotten. Perhaps your mission is to bring funding on raising the momentum of adolescent importance? Or maybe your project was highlighting high rates of maternal mortality in the Western World, while others only saw it in developing countries?

Post-2015 brings change – but above all, it brings a second chance.

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You can sign up to enter the photo contest to show us what inspires you or how your project helps fulfill your purpose within the UN system and you can win $1,000 in support money to fund it. To participate in the Photo Contest, click here.


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