More is not always better

Markus Loewe, writing on the Broker Online:

“Twenty years ago, a new idea emerged: development policy should no longer be assessed on the basis of who was doing what. Rather, there should be a manageable set of key goals that every relevant actor could agree upon. In addition, the efforts of development and donor countries should no longer be evaluated on the basis of their contributions in term of money, advice or manpower, but of the extent to which they have achieved  new development goals. That led to the founding of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were drawn from the Millennium Declaration in 2000: eight end goals for development, easy to remember, accept and communicate.

Admittedly, these goals, due to be reached by 2015, are far from perfect. They are deficient, inconsistent and short-term. They are deficient because they neglect certain aspects of development like human rights, political participation, social inclusion, equality and human security. They are inconsistent because some measure outcomes of development, such as child mortality, while others measure inputs, such as school enrolment or access to essential drugs. And they are short-term because they focus on development until 2015 and neglect what comes after that, as well as the possible side-effects of hastily raising incomes, education or access to information and communication technologies.”

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1 Comment on "More is not always better"

  1. Dickson Kinuthia | October 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply

    i totally agree with your insight on the issue of setting key development goals. setting out goals should be inclusive of all the key aspects that can affect the goal from being met or achieved. Although the MDGs have been inconsistent and have their shortcomings, setting the goals has helped in having a governments commitment to ensuring the sectors of the economy that are related to MDGs are well funded at the national level. The MDgs having been short-term goals the post-2015 goals should be long term, focusing development that can be sustained in the long term unlike the MDGs.having more goals for the post-2015 development agenda is simply impossible. the focus should be on key goals and they should be sustained for a long term to ensure that development is sustained.The issues that demand to be addressed should be given a priority. Most of the MDGs have had countries put effortto ensure that they are met by 2015 but still there is still a long wayto go. the relevant bodies crafting SDGs should therefore put into consideration what is crucial first and thus shortlist them from the long list of suggestion

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