Post 2015 Development

The Millennium Summit is remembered for the promise leaders made to join together in a common endeavor to free “the entire human race from want.” Unlike many international commitments, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are still remembered more than a decade after their inception. Poverty has indeed fallen across the world, much more quickly than most of us expected, yet the debate has now begun on what should replace the MDGs when they expire in 2015. Do we need a new set of global development goals? If so, should they be for the very poorest? Or should they be extended to the broader challenges of a planet that will have more than 8 billion people by 2030?

Related Publications

  • Globally 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by violent conflict. International aid to fragile and conflict-affected states accounts for 30 percent of global official development assistance (ODA) flows. However, no low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal (MDG). For the first time, a group of these countries have joined together to discuss their shared development challenges and advocate for better international policies to address their needs.

    Mar 01, 2012
  • In recent years, donor governments and international organizations such as the UN and the World Bank have developed a number of frameworks and tools to assess governance, conflict, and fragility. This report argues that there are multiple, and often contradictory, objectives underlying the development and use of such assessment tools. Underpinning this multiplicity of objectives are deep assumptions, many of which remain unstated. Different agencies tend to define the problem through their own institutional lens, and the assessment tools they create reflect these biases.

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