millennium development goals

0 How the new global development goals will apply to the US

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draw to an end in 2015. Eight targets, from halving extreme poverty to reducing biodiversity loss, set out the development agenda for the world’s low and middle income countries. Talks about what will come next are still underway. What is known is that the set…

1 Failing grade on education worldwide

For some reason, the critical role of education as a means to ‘sustainably’ reduce poverty and increase opportunity worldwide seldom gets the same attention as fighting diseases of poverty, technological innovation or efforts aimed at fostering healthier markets. Maybe that explains the depressing – mostly ignored – findings in a…

2 Jeffrey Sachs 2: The man who made ending poverty not fantastic

It is probably not an exaggeration to say that Columbia University economist Jeff Sachs has done as much as anyone over the past few decades to draw public, and policy maker, attention to the plight of those who live in extreme poverty around the world. Sachs literally wrote the book on how to end poverty.It is also not a stretch to say that Sachs has become a target of fierce criticis.

4 Learning from mistakes made: The Millennium Villages Project

A new book that profiles economist Jeffrey Sachs is augmented by two new reports on the controversial Millennium Villages Project. One explores media attention to the MVP in Africa. Another says that the mistakes made by the MVP provide lessons for future projects and illustrate the importance of transparency in development projects.

0 Visualizing progress on 3 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

In today’s post, we’ll use Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) data to explore how much progress countries have made in two key health MDGs, 4 and 6, the former focused on reducing child mortality and the latter on halting the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

0 How Bill Gates stopped worrying and learned to love the MDGs

Bill Gates was not thrilled about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they were launched in 2005. The goals were meant to set tangible targets for the world and individual countries to achieve by 2015. Though he eventually came around to love them. Bill and Melinda now sing their praises…

0 Did the Millennium Development Goals make things better?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a sort of North Star for the development universe since 2000. Governments, Donors and aid wonks all talk about advances in terms of how close it brings a nation closer to achieving a given goal. The goals expire in 2015 and discussions are…

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