The world has begun to narrow down the set of goals that will define the development agenda after 2015. In order to design targets and policies that reflect the needs of all the people in the world, we need to ask those at the margin what they need, what they want, and what they expect.
This initiative led by Simon Feeny and Alberto Posso at RMIT University and Derek Brien at the Pacific Institute for Public Policy is looking to bridge this gap by including the voices of Pacific Islanders into this important global debate.
The research team has developed an on-line survey that will be launched at the end of 2014 that asks respondents a series of questions regarding the Sustainable Development Goals and which ones better represent the needs of Pacific Islanders. The survey also asks Pacific Islanders what their most pressing issues are and how they think governments can address these issues. The latter allows for policymakers and donors to get a new perspective from people on the ground in order to inform policy in a more politically and socially sustainable manner. The research team envisages that the results from their survey, along with a report for SDSN members and the public, will be available early next year.