Rural development receives most of the emphasis in Africa, but development goals need to include urban areas and industrialization, writes Owen Cylke. "[T]he real test for development will be found in the extent to which economies can successfully move labor and resources into activities with high and increasing levels of productivity," he argues.
The United Nations is using technology and face-to-face meetings to gather feedback on post-2015 anti-poverty goals, writes Olav Kjorven of the UN Development Programme. "This is a new dimension in global policy-making: people all over the world are expressing their concerns about the present and their desires for the future," he writes.
Women are creating positive change in communities, writes Alyse Nelson of Vital Voices Global Partnership. "It's time we recognize and leverage women's power as community leaders to affect positive change and advance shared progress for all," she argues.
Using social safety nets is a cost-effective way to keep people from slipping back into extreme poverty, write John Podesta and Casey Dunning. "The fight to end extreme poverty means ensuring that those who are lifted just over the brink ... are resilient enough in their income, health and food security not to slide backward and take their families with them," they write.