Accountability through Civic Participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda




Accountability through Civic Participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

October 27, 2015

This report proposes four overlapping principles that should guide the integrated global accountability framework for the post-2015 process: transparency, inclusiveness, deliberation and responsiveness.


Part I of this report elaborates on these principles and outlines the underpinnings of a proposed accountability framework for the post-2015 process.


Part II discusses citizen participation in existing international and regional accountability frameworks.


Part III considers ways of linking processes at local, regional and global levels within an integrated accountability framework, and provides a case study of a successful integrated accountability mechanism, based on the World Food Security Committee. Part IV considers the potential role of information and communications technology in enhancing accountability.


Part V concludes with recommendations for creating an integrated accountability framework that could accompany the post-2015 commitments.


The findings and the recommendation of this report can be condensed into one sentence, which articulates a clear political commitment to be included as an integral dimension of the post-2015 development agenda and conclusions:


To guarantee effective and inclusive participation in implementing and monitoring the sustainable development goals, States parties hereby commit to securing the transparency of all actions and processes, to promoting participation in meaningful deliberations with all affected communities and persons, and to ensuring adequate responsiveness.