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In a Time of Ebola, Lobbying for Action on Poverty

GCAP Liberia and a coalition of civil society leaders - representing women, youth, elderly, the disabled and democracy advocates - met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September to emphasise the urgency of achieving the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and adopting a transformative Post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The meeting took place against the backdrop of the Ebola virus, which was first reported in Liberia in March 2014 and has since claimed some 2500 lives.

"We are aware of the many challenges our President is facing in the fight against the killer Ebola virus and the slow economy growth," notes James Roberts of GCAP Liberia.  "Civil society actors will remain committed and persistent in influencing our President to push harder for a legitimate Post-2015 development agenda that is more inclusive and participatory."

Monrovia - High Level Panel meeting on Post 2015

The UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Post 2015 conducted its third meeting in Monrovia from 30 January to 1 February 2013.  The theme:  "National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity".  Panel members discussed development, economic transformation and national growth.  Civil society activists met for two days prior to the high level panel, before presenting its recommendations to the panel members.

A lot has been written about this meeting  -- and if you've been following the process, you likely received dozens of emails about it.  On this post, we aim to share some of the key analysis, documents and resources.  We hope this will be useful to campaigners as we continue to lobby and mobilise for The World We Want.

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Livelihood, Not Charity

By Mwangi Waituru

Civil society activists meeting in Monrovia ahead of a meeting of the U.N.' Secretary-General's High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda have sent a clear message of hope to world leaders:

“Our people are not waiting for charity! They want to claim their right to participate.”

The theme of the third High Level Panel (HLP) meeting -- set against the background of the African continent which for the past two decades has experienced a paradox of increased poverty, maternal death, hunger and malnutrition in the face of economic growth -- is "National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity".

GCAP Participates in First Meeting of the Post-2015 High Level Panel in Monrovia

We have come along way and hope we can reflect on the collective effort and the unity displayed thus far, however, the journey has just began. With regional and global consultation in full swing, we must be alert and strategic to ensuring the voices that matter shape the outcome/post 2015 framework thus the need to push and trigger the national consultation couldn't be more greater.

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