The Sustainable Development Goals: Beyond handouts

by / Thursday, 17 September 2015 / Published in Economy

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The Sustainable Development Goals


Targets intended to shape development for the next 15 years are bloated. All the same, they show how aid is changing for the better

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THE “largest gathering ever of world leaders”; a “step-change” in aid; a “massive step forward for humanity”: the UN meeting to be held on September 25th has had politicians, donors and aid workers reaching for superlatives (as well as jargon). Prime ministers, presidents and the pope will gather in New York to unveil the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) that are supposed to shape aid and development for the next 15 years. Is the hoopla justified?
Most of the SDGs’ predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), have been met, largely because of progress in China and India. But there were just eight of them, focused on cutting extreme poverty and improving health care and education, all clearly defined. …
Source: The Economy