Light on Development

Written by Henk Molenaar, executive director at WOTRO Science for Global Development, writing on the Broker Online:

The post-MDG agenda should be based on an alternative theory of development, leading to a simple framework of only three complementary goals: reducing global inequalities, abandoning growth, and enhancing trust.

Growth and the MDGs

When reflecting on a post-2015 agenda, the need to move beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in our thinking is abundantly clear. The MDGs were formulated in an attempt to overcome a one-dimensional focus on economic growth in development thinking. But unfortunately, this attempt has not been very successful. The MDGs do not spring from a clear theoretical foundation,and seem to imply that poverty and other social economic problems are limited to developing countries. For these reasons, the MDGs have always been somewhat shallow and toothless.”

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