The global social agenda is over, so I was told

The global social agenda is over. I heard this argument coming from a development opinion leader at the EU level just last week and it was used in a conversation aiming at promoting development cooperation strategies based on the role of the private sector (no clear distinction was provided as to which private sector we need to have in mind). The key supporting evidence was that the about twenty-five new countries will graduate to MICs within the space of a few years. Is this all? With a different benchmark in mind, we should  rather acknowledge that just a handful of countries will instead graduate from the LDCs status by 2020, when the expectations were very different just few years back. Nothing to be happy with; I’m just noting that narrative about how to adejust development cooperation to the 2030 Agenda seems to tilt in the wrong direction. Ldf – 160515