The MDGs and Beyond
IDS Bulletin 41.1
View this publication
Do the MDGs still reflect what is important about how development happens and how policy influences that process? The MDGs were an approach born of a benign era of relative stability, stronger economic growth and fairly buoyant aid budgets.
We now face a very different world. Changes sparked by uncertainty, and a sense of multiple insecurities, could impact adversely on poverty levels. The economic crisis has led to significant changes in the context for international development and the crisis/post-crisis context is central to many MDG questions in terms of impacts on poverty and on development commitments over the next ten years.
Articles in this IDS Bulletin inform the debate in 2010, leading up to and beyond the UN MDG review summit, and reflect on the MDG experience so far. They ask what that experience means for the next five years and beyond. What have the MDGs actually achieved, and for whom? What can we learn from the MDGs about how the international community can best play a role in national processes of development and poverty reduction? Will the MDGs prove to reflect an international commitment to poverty reduction that goes beyond 2015, or are they the product of a specific moment, unlikely to be repeated?
The debate around what should succeed the MDGs after 2015 is still in its early stages and many fear talking about this will derail the momentum around them. As the articles here, and the conversations over this year and next will demonstrate, it is sure to go to the heart of what international development is all about.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown
Introduction - The MDGs and Beyond: Pro-poor Policy in a Changing World
Andy Sumner and Claire Melamed
The Impact and Design of the MDGs: Some Reflections
Lessons from the Making of the MDGs: Human Development Meets Results-based Management in an Unfair World
Reducing Inequality - The Missing MDG: A Content Review of PRSPs and Bilateral Donor Policy Statements
Towards Genuine Universalism within Contemporary Development Policy
Andrew M. Fischer
A ‘2015' Agenda for Africa: Development from a Human Perspective
The MDGs in Historical Perspective
The MDGs Beyond 2015
Taking the MDGs Beyond 2015: Hasten Slowly
Jan Vandemoortele and Enrique Delamonica
The MDG Paradigm, Productive Capacities and the Future of Poverty Reduction
The MDG-Human Rights Nexus to 2015 and Beyond
A Poverty of Rights: Six Ways to Fix the MDGs
The MDGs and Beyond: Can Low Carbon Development be Pro-poor?
Climate, Conflict and Capital: Critical Issues for the MDGs and Beyond 2015
Beyond Business as Usual: What Might 3-D Wellbeing Contribute to MDG Momentum?
Allister McGregor and Andy Sumner
Progressing Gender Equality Post-2015: Harnessing the Multiplier Effects of Existing Achievements
Nicola Jones, Rebecca Holmes and Jessica Espey
Holding on to the MDGs (For Now)
Myles A. Wickstead
An MDG-plus Agenda for Africa
Alfred G. Nhema
Proceedings of the DFID-DSA-EADIActionAid Policy Forum
Michael Tribe and Aurélien Lafon