With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) behind us, this book asks did they work? And what happens next? Arguing that to effectively look forward, we must first look back, the editors of this insightful book gather leading scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and regions to provide an in-depth exploration of the MDG project and its impact.
Contributors use region-specific case studies to explore the effectiveness of the MDGs in addressing the root causes of poverty, including resource geographies, early childhood development and education, women’s rights and disability rights as well as the impact of the global financial crisis and Arab Spring on MDG attainment.
Providing a critical assessment that seeks to inform future policy decisions, the book will be valuable to those working in the development community as well as to academics and students of international development, international relations and development economics.
Hany Besada is a Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University, a Regional Advisor, UN Economic Commission for Africa and Research Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada. He is also a Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa.
Dr. Leah McMillan Polonenko is a research consultant and project evaluator with over a decade experience assessing implications of social policies in Africa. She is Project Coordinator for the Kenyan Portfolio of Edu-Vision 2020 and a Research Fellow with the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa. She is a visiting lecturer at several universities.
Professor Manmohan Agarwal teaches at the Centre of International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He has also worked at the World Bank and the IMF.
Forward ~ Homi Kharas;
Introduction: Meeting Future Challenges with Past Lessons ~ Leah McMillan Polonenko, Hany Besada and Kathryn Anne Bruntion;
Section One: Global Challenges;
Antipoverty Transfers and Zero Extreme Poverty Targets ~ Armando Barrientos;
Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations and the post-2015 Development Agenda ~ Clare Lockhart and Samuel Vincent;
The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on MDG Attainment in Africa ~ Leah McMillan Polonenko;
Resource Geographies in Urban Spaces: Insights from Developing Countries in the Post-2015 Era ~ Cristina D'Alessandro;
Section Two: Minority Groups;
The Millennium Development Goals, Disability Rights and Special Needs Education in Ethiopia ~ Jeff Grischow;
Facing the Global Challenge of Youth Employment ~ Ragui Assaad and Deborah Levison;
Women’s Role in Economic Development: Overcoming the Constraints ~ Sarah Bradshaw, Joshua Castellino and Bineta Diop;
Marginalized Minorities in Conflict: Women and Millennium Development Goals ~ Sarah Hoesch and Alireza Saniei-Pour;
Section Three: Micro Challenges
How can innovations in early childhood development contribute to MDGs achievements in Latin America? ~ Laura Agosta;
Exploring the NEEDS as a micro-MDGs’ framework in Nigeria ~ Adebusuyi Isaac Adeniran;
Developmental Crises Impacting United Nations Millennium Development Goals Achievements in Bangladesh: A Critical Perspective ~ Saleh Ahmed;
Between Progress, Stasis and Reversals: An Analysis of the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria ~ Olabanji Akinola;
North Africa and Middle East: Economic Performance and Social Progress ~ Manmohan Argarwal, Badye Essid;
Section Four: Looking Forward;
United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) and the Arab Spring: Shedding Light on the Preludes? ~ M. Sayeed Showkath, Nancy Elbassiouny, Sofia Samper and M. Evren Tok;
Food Security, Inclusive Growth, Sustainability, and the Sustainable Development Agenda ~ Craig Hanson;
Outlook for Global Development Finance – Excess or Shortage? ~ Andrew Sheng;
Conclusion ~ Jason McFarlane, Hany Besada, Kathryn Anne Brunton and Alireza Saniei-Pour.
"Assessing the MDGs is a vital undertaking. Consideration of its success, failures and lessons will light the way forward." Professor Matthew Clarke, Deakin University