Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The MDGS and beyond: Pro-poor policy in a changing world

This European Association Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) Policy Paper indicates that the MDGs have had a significant impact so far at a global level, but national level impacts are less clear and need more exploration. The paper suggests that there is strong evidence of MDG impacts at a global level and in many countries (in the recent UNDP study of 30 countries, no fewer than 25 countries had added, expanded or modified indicators and 10 had added local goals), and there is good evidence of MDG impacts on social sector budget allocations.

The 2010 MDG review should assess the MDG experience and lessons learnt, build an MDG global action plan, and lay the political groundwork for a global commission on 2015 and beyond. Key issues for the 2010-2015 MDG ‘big push’ are cross-cutting ones: There is need for more focus on a stronger linking of the Rights agenda in the Millennium Declaration and the MDGs; more focus on gender (and the new UN agency), more focus on poor people’s adaptation to climate change, and more focus on equity and social justice issues (and the poorest). Click here to access the full paper.

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