Author:Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Joshua Greenstein
Subject: MDGs
" /> Abstract: A critically important aspect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is that they provide concrete, time-bound and quantitative objectives against which poverty reduction can be measured. Governments can be held accountable by their people. The international community can hold accountable, and be held accountable by, national governments. If this newfound accountability is to be worthwhile, however, the method of determining progress or lack thereof must be the correct one. We argue that the correct measure is whether faster progress is being made, not whether the targets are to be met. The MDGs are not hard planning targets; they are aspirational norms and they offer benchmarks in an evaluative framework.

keywords: How Should MDG Implementation Be Measured: Faster Progress or Meeting Targets?
Date Publication: 05/14/2010 (All day)
Type/Issue: One Pager / 109
Language: English