The debate over the next development agenda will continue until 2015. But we'll need to know where we are now
The Indian fable of the blind men and the elephant tells of blind men who touch different parts of an elephant and come up with wildly different interpretations of the object they are touching—until they collaborate. This taught us early in life the importance of putting together information to get the “full picture". It is a particular challenge in today’s development ideas. One such example is that of the challenges posed by the report of the high-level panel on the post-2015 development agenda, a group created by the UN secretary general to recommend the world’s road map for eradicating poverty. A key finding is that to eradicate poverty we need a new data revolution. And we must start now.