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UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

We Must Close Gaps in Inequality and Poverty

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

The conversation lately has centered on what the MDGs will be beyond 2015. Could we reduce extreme poverty from 21 percent to 3 percent by 2030?

Time for the Big Push to Defeat Malaria

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

As a global community, our fates are often more intertwined than we like to imagine. Controlling malaria isn't only a prospect of preventing needless deaths, it is an economic imperative.

Women & Sustainability: Why They Need Each Other in a Post-MDG World

Carmen Barroso | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Carmen Barroso

Next week, women and policymakers from around the world will gather in Malaysia to foment a revolution. Their call? Investment of a different kind, investment in girls and women for the sake not only of people, but also for the planet.

Now Is the Time to Invest in Girls and Women

Jill Sheffield | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

Investing in the health of girls and women is a solution to every development problem. Focusing on this key issue will alleviate poverty, stabilize societies, spur economies and advance the well-being of families, communities, and ultimately, our world overall.

What's the Future of Foreign Aid?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real change in -- and the future of -- development assistance is not coming from its traditional donors but from its recipients.

1,000 Words on the Next 1,000 Days

Jasmine Whitbread | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Jasmine Whitbread

On April 5, 2013 it will have been 4,594 days since 189 nations made a commitment to deliver the eight Millennium Development Goals, and marks 1,000 days left to make them happen.

A Thousand Days to Keep the Millennium Promise

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Ban Ki-moon

On April 5th, the world will reach a vital moment in history's largest and most successful anti-poverty push -- the 1,000-day mark before the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Guaranteeing Personal Security: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Guaranteeing Civil Rights, Political Rights, and Personal Security is a critical development goal. This post discusses indicators for personal security. 'Personal security' is an inherently context-specific issue, so at least some indicators should be designed from the bottom up.

Civil and Political Rights: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Given that civil and political rights targets aim to hold governments accountable for fulfilling international human rights treaty obligations, assessment should be external to government authorities, impartial, and conducted by legitimate international bodies.

Rule of Law and Access to Justice for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Empowering individuals and communities to assert and realize their rights can ensure that the law protects against government corruption and discrimination, and gives a voice to the least politically powerful, who might otherwise be ignored.

Open and Accountable Government for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Open and accountable government is a crucial aspect of socioeconomic development. Although open and accountable government may seem an abstract and immeasurable goal, it is indeed feasible to assess performance on these critical governance issues.

Combating Discrimination and Inequality: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

A clearer focus on combating discrimination and inequality in the post-2015 development framework would help ensure that the most marginalized and vulnerable groups are not left out and left behind in the pursuit of macroeconomic growth.

Setting the Bar and Measuring Progress for (New) Global Development Goals After 2015

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

In the last round of the Millennium Development Goals, governance and human rights issues were largely excluded, despite their critical importance to sustainable and equitable development. Of course, quantifying and evaluating progress on these complex issues is not simple.

Rethinking Global Development Goals

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

It is technically feasible and increasingly politically possible, on a global stage, to include governance and human rights goals and targets as part of post-2015 development priorities.

After the Millennium Development Goals: Where Do We Go From Here?

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Human rights and good governance are critical aspects of global development. A significant body of research over the past fifteen years has decisively demonstrated that good institutions are a critical ingredient in eradicating poverty and creating equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

Safe Shelter, Health and Wellbeing in the World's Poorest Cities

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

When we suggest commemorating Human Rights Day by talking about housing, we're not being reductionist, nor are we just talking about housing: we're talking about access, about opportunity, about communities finding their voice.

3 Imperatives for the Next Global Development Agenda

Manish Bapna | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Manish Bapna

Can extreme poverty be eliminated in the next 20 years? With much of the world still mired in an economic slump, the question might seem ill-timed. Yet, as heads of state arrive in New York on Monday for the 67th United Nations General Assembly, this goal should be at the top of the agenda.

Nigeria's Ambitious Effort to End Poverty

Amina Az-Zubair | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Amina Az-Zubair

It's hard for those of us who work day in and day out, on the ground to fight poverty to see such flippancy and carelessness in the media. This is especially true in this case, where the facts are so easy to ascertain.

2011 Is the Year for Female Economic Empowerment

Marylouise Oates | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Marylouise Oates

Over and over, participants agreed that "this is the time for financial inclusion for women." And they have some expert advice from within their ranks on how to pull this off.

The Most Important Thing We Can Do To Save Millions Of Lives

Bill Gates | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home
Bill Gates

If the world comes together on a plan for financing development, the impact on health and development will be enormous.

The Global Fund Won't Stand For Any Corruption

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Yesterday's media reports drew attention to the fact that sums of money are sometimes misappropriated, but what these reports also convey is that the Global Fund has no tolerance of corruption.

Can Women and Technology Save the UN Development Goals?

Daniel Hernandez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Hernandez

We're behind on our 15-year goal to reduce world poverty by half by 2015, yes. But breakthrough technologies and a focus on women's empowerment may allow us to catch up and save lives as never before.

The 3Ds: Defense(devleopment)Diplomacy

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

The message of the new U.S. development plan is about our interests. Obama made it clear and USAID director Dr. Raj Shah confirmed it.

A Welcome Shout-Out to Civil Society

Nancy Boswell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Boswell

The Obama Administration should help ensure that other governments accord the same regard for civil society as we do. Until civil society can safely share its views and advocate reform, corrupt leaders will not be held accountable.

The Silent Killer in the Kitchen

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

For more than 3 billion people, exposure to smoke is an inescapable byproduct of the daily task of preparing a meal over an open fire or a wood-burning stove. Cooking shouldn't kill you -- but in developing countries it does.