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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