When we pull together, we can achieve great things. Partnerships for development work – they are good investment.

UN Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon on the announcement that two targets of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) had been met last week.

These two targets were:

  • Global poverty has been halved (as reported by the Economist) in 2010. (MDG 1)
  • The number of people without access to safe drinking water has been halved. (MDG 7, Target 7.C)

While financing is crucial, we can’t assume a direct link between governments having more money and progress towards the MDGs. The existence of good institutions to design, implement and evaluate policies is crucial. Such institutions need to be able to raise revenue so that poverty reduction can be sustained in the medium and long term.

There are some important lessons here for the designers of the framework that follows on from the MDGs – a framework that must tackle inequality as well as poverty.

Who’s going to pay for the MDGs? | Written by David McNair, posted on The Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog on the 23rd January 2012 (via artofjournalism)

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