Millennium Development Goals

Not Just a Piece of Paper

Justin Forsyth | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment I have had the privilege to be part of. A decade and a half after we ushered in a new era with the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will come into force.

Hear Our Voices - Young Africans Decry Poor Quality Education

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first ever Youth Summit hosted ...

Reflections as a New Education Era Dawns

Aaron Benavot | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week the new goal and targets for education from now until 2030 will be set in stone. Here, we present some initial thoughts about the beginnin...

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.

Will the Sustainable Development Goals Make a Difference?

Ian Scoones | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Ian Scoones

Lessons show that sustained transformations to sustainability require political coalitions across groups through mobilisation across sites and scales. If the SDGs are to have meaning, it is this new politics that will make the difference - not getting hung up on the many goals or targets.

Gavelling the Goals: Job done ... now the work begins

Helen Morton | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?

Will Multinational Companies Save the Poor?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

Reflections on the Financing for Development Conference On the 13th - 16th July 2015 Heads of State met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to decide where the ...

How to Help the Poor?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

Through my experience with the Kiuyu Mbuyuni MVP, I believe that an integrated approach to grassroots development is essential to a Post 2015, SDG world. I also think that, given the size of the challenge, we need to celebrate those willing to innovate because finding a way to eradicate poverty will not happen by accident or by good intention.

Call the Midwife! Citizens Demand the Right to Safe Births for Every Woman, Everywhere

Laura Robson | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Laura Robson

As civil society groups advocate for progress on maternal and child health at the World Health Assembly this week, recent experiences in Madagascar demonstrate how community mobilisation can bring about positive change.

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

Education: We're at a Turning Point We Must Not Miss

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Every child, no matter whether their country is rich or poor, whether they live in a village or a city, should be going to school today. Yet despite the 2015 deadline to provide 'Education for All' this isn't happening. Our collective failure to reach global education goals means that 121 million children and adolescents are being denied their right to attend school.

Education for All 2000-2015: The #EduVerdict is in!

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

The 12th GMR report has just been launched: 'Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges.' The Report shows how the world has done in achieving the six Education for All goals set out in Dakar in 2000.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

Secure Land Rights Are Crucial for Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050

Martin Koehring | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

Feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050 is one of the world's biggest challenges--especially in the context of rapid urbanisation, rising amounts of food waste and climate change. During one day of discussions senior executives from agribusiness, policymaking and the NGO community examined approaches to food and nutrition security.

The Key to Unlocking this African Moment

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

When grassroots communities described their realities, they taught me that the development they envisioned is not the same as the development the majority of the world imagines they want. In their own narrative, the strongest message from communities is a deep desire to be given the ability to do it for themselves.

The Sustainable Development Goals Must Be Rooted In Reality, Not Rhetoric

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Over the course of 2015, the international community will be refining and defining the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 target areas of the SDGs have been widely agreed upon, but it is now time to turn these target areas into a workable set of goals.

Wanted Urgently: Adequately Trained Teachers So All Children Can Go to School by 2030

Aaron Benavot | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

How many teachers do we need? The year 2015 is just around the corner, and yet UIS data show that  countries will need to recruit about 4 million more teachers to achieve universal primary education by the deadline.

Closing the Gap for Post-2015: New Ambition for Acute Malnutrition

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Sabrina de Souza

Nutrition is both a maker and marker of development. Yet, undernutrition continues to hamper the ability of children to live happy, healthy lives and reach their full potential. Millions of children - 52 million to be exact - suffer from acute malnutrition.

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

The Poverty of Poverty Reduction

Alastair Roderick | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

I say goodbye because as well-intended as the aid industry is it willfully overlooks the basic lesson of political economy: that economies develop, institutions are built, and governance becomes more robust in poor countries through the same bargaining processes that have worked for formerly-poor countries in the past.

How Can We Make Women Count When the Numbers Don't Add Up?

Simon Cooke | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cooke

By investing to make contraception available to every woman who wants it, improving access to safe abortion where it's legal and making sure that medical care is readily available when things go wrong we can make a real difference. It's not rocket science - even for someone still relatively new to the development sector like me.

The Reality of Unsafe Abortion

Michelle Weinberger | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Weinberger

Disability, infertility, being shunned by your community and in the worst case even death: these are just some of the terrifying risks women expose themselves to when they have an unsafe abortion. Yet every year 21.6 million women, 99% of them in the developing world, are so desperate to end an unwanted pregnancy that they will quite literally risk their lives.

The Soccer World Cup Is Over, but Off the Field Brazil Is Winning

Hans Zomer | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On July 24, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) published a new report on human development, showing that Brazil is one of the countries where progress has been greatest over the last 30 years.

Post-2015: Development Goals are a Political Act

Alastair Roderick | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

We can't escape the fact that throughout history countries are most carbon-intense and least sustainable on their way to becoming rich; not when they get there. So if the message to developing countries is that they are not allowed to develop in the same way as rich countries developed... are we sure that they will sign up to this?

We Must Say What We Mean When Writing Post-2015 Global Education Goals

Kate Redman | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Kate Redman

Anyone working in communications will have a few tips to hand out for writing a compelling document. Writing must be clear and concise. With no space to waste, key messages should not be repetitive without good reason. They should be written in simple language and avoid ambiguity.