In many instances election management resembles crises management. This is simply because of the huge significance of elections as access to national resources and power; the personalization of state powers by elected officials and the reluctance of politicians to play by the rules.

At the end of May, a group of distinguished leaders delivered a report for the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, setting out recommendations for the future priorities for global development. The so-called ‘High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ is co-chaired by three national leaders: Indonesia’s Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the UK’s David Cameron and Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – and includes 24 other figures from civil society, government and the private sector. Their report could help shape the future of global development for a generation.

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