Sustainable development will only bear fruit if the future of the people living in the worst conditions is considered as a success criterion of all policies, whether in the Global North or South.
We Cannot Build Anti-poverty Programmes Without Paying Attention To What Poor People Say, How They Behave, What They Think
Interview with Professor Abhijit Banerjee of MIT University’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab1Interview made on October 17th, 2012 in Brussels of Professor Abhijit Banerjee by Jean-Christophe Sarrot for the issue of January 2013 of Feuille de route Quart Monde, the monthly French newspaper of the International Movement ATD Fourth World and its website.
Millenium Development Goals (MDGs): 2015 is the deadline by which members of the United Nations agreed to evaluate their efforts - to halve the proportion of people living on less than 1$ a day; to ensure education for all; to integrate sustainable development into country policies… Yet there are questions to be asked. People talk about percentages, statistics, yet the issue is related to improving the lives of millions of people, people whose voice is not being taken into account in the international community.
Respecting human rights and associating people in extreme poverty to decision making must be central in the efforts made in order to achieve the MDGs by 2015. This was the framework determined by the heads of States at the Millenium Summit in the year 2000, which they reaffirmed at the General assembly for the MDGs.
ATD Fourth World affirms that people living in extreme poverty have been an absent partner towards determining the MDGs. Their contribution is fundamental towards assessing the impact of the MDGs, and towards creating a global framework beyond 2015.
We are in Manila, meeting Raul Detona. Raul lives under a bridge, with many other people. His situation has not significantly improved. He wants to be listened to, he wants his voice, and that of others living in extreme poverty, to be heard.
ATD Fourth World is particularly concerned that the outcome document does not specify how the process to define or implement sustainable development goals (SDGs) will include the participation of people living in extreme poverty. The most disadvantaged people and (…)
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Author: Cíntia de Carvalhaes, June 2012