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The MDG Conundrum: Meeting the Targets Without Missing the Point

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  • Jan Vandemoortele
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    The MDGs are being misappropriated to gain support for a specific development strategy, agenda or argument, mostly being used as a call for more aid or as a Trojan horse for a particular policy framework. As relative benchmarks, they are extremely difficult to meet in countries with low human development. Their misinterpretation as one-size-fits-all targets is leading to excessive Afro-pessimism, begging the question whether Africa is missing the targets or whether the world is missing the point. The global MDG canon is dominated by a money-metric and donor-centric view of development, and is not ready to accept that growing disparities within countries are the main reason why the 2015 targets will be missed. Copyright (c) The Author 2009. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Overseas Development Institute..

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (07)
    Pages: 355-371

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:27:y:2009:i:4:p:355-371

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    Cited by:
    1. Elaine Unterhalter & Andrew Dorward, 2013. "New MDGs, Development Concepts, Principles and Challenges in a Post-2015 World," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 113(2), pages 609-625, September.
    2. Stephan KLASEN & Simon LANGE, 2012. "Getting Progress Right : Measuring Progress Towards the MDGs Against Historical Trends," Working Papers, FERDI P60, FERDI.
    3. David Hulme & James Scott, 2010. "The Political Economy of the MDGs: Retrospect and Prospect for the World's Biggest Promise," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series, BWPI, The University of Manchester 11010, BWPI, The University of Manchester.

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