On 11th July Restless Development Uganda hosted a lively discussion at Parliament on the UN High Level Panel report on the post-2015 development agenda. The discussion was led by a “Ground Level Panel” composed of 12 people from across Uganda with diverse experiences of poverty and social exclusion. For the 12 panellists this event was the culmination of an intense week of deliberations on the report and its implications. With representatives from the Batwa community, Karamoja sub-region and Kampala slums, the panel was able to offer rich and varied insights into how the post-2015 framework might impact at local level.
The Ground Level Panel discuss their views on a post-2015 development framework, in preparation to present at parliament
The event was co-hosted by the Parliamentary Forum on the Millennium Development Goals and the Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs and engaged decision-makers from government, civil society and development partners. The event opened with an address by Honourable Paula Turyahikayo MP followed by an introductory presentation by two of the panellists. The audience was then invited to join group discussions facilitated by the panellists focusing on the five transformative shifts outlined in the report. The event was closed by the Parliamentary Forum on the Millennium Development Goals including appreciation of the panellists and an invitation to continue to help shape and drive forward the post-2015 development agenda in Uganda.
The Ground Level Panel was convened as part of Participate, a global research initiative on the post-2015 development agenda led by Beyond 2015 and the UK Institute of Development Studies. Looking ahead, the panel will now prepare a report on their deliberations including input from the Parliamentary event. Their report will contribute to a broader response capturing reflections not only from Uganda but all of the countries involved in Participate. This will include the recommendations from Ground Level Panels in Egypt, Brazil and India. The consolidated report will be shared at the UN General Assembly in September.
Click here to meet Uganda’s Ground Level Panel and find out why they got involved with the Ground Level Panel work.