Great post about Sustainable Development Goals and the disconnect between “those who decide such things” and “people who do stuff on the ground”… For post in full see:
Extracts from the post
The ubiquitous ‘development goals’ chosen by the United Nations – first Millennium (MDGs) in 2000 and now Sustainable (SDGs) – were and are and will be a distraction from the real work of fighting poverty done by social justice activists (snip)
Not only will overwhelming success will be claimed for the 20 MDGs, but 17 new goals with 169 new SDG targets and more than 300 indicators will be adopted for 2030.
At their core, these are just as disrespectful to those activists in the trenches who are contesting the systems of power that create poverty, hunger, disease and climate change, not least because the UN shies away from causality. (snip)
“Torturing the data until they confess” is what neoliberal poverty experts apparently feel is necessary in defence of their dark arts. (snip)
But the point here is that creative people constantly fight neoliberalism, racism, patriarchy and climate catastrophe, even if the UN ignore them and their efforts. Likewise, in our critique of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) a decade ago, my colleagues Dennis Brutus, Virginia Setshedi and I pointed out that its opening newsletter was silent on “organic anti-poverty activism in the Global South, such as – in no particular order –