At last month's U.N. summit, international leaders gathered to discuss the progress of Millennium Development Goals. Many of the initiative's aims have been slowed by the global recession.
In an interview with NPR, Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), proposes that the recession has negatively impacted developing countries in two ways:
"One, the donor countries clearly are not as well-heeled as they were...Secondly, the recession had an impact on poor countries...which had a big reliance on remittances from workers in North America or in Europe...it's been tough-tough on families, tough on communities."
Listen to the report at NPR.org.