The Millennium Development Goals were an astonishing achievement. To get so many administrations in so many countries to agree to ratify the 8 goals was an amazing feat of politics. The above report lists the 8 ‘MDG’s’ for ease of reference and show just what a significant commitment they were to overcoming poverty, when they were first set in Copenhagen in 1995. Their target completion date was 2015 – which is next year, at the time of writing this. The above report is intended as a ‘gap analysis’ in 2010, to consider progress and the task remaining at that time. It goes into particular detail on the global partnership for development, which was goal #8.
In practice, there is debate about just how much the politics have achieved, compared to national economic development, particularly in the most populous countries of China and India. It can be argued that if those two countries had not managed to overcome their own challenges significantly themselves, then much of the ambitious goal-setting in 1995 would have been pointless. Between them, these 2 countries represent around a third of the world’s population, but a far higher percentage of the world’s poor – and all the more so in 1995. Nevertheless, the agreement on the goals was profound and progress towards them has been good in parts. It is likely that they will be superseded by some new agreement on some new goals, backed by various new initiatives and funding. We hope that the 7 Layer Poverty Model will become a helpful tool in co-ordinating the proposed global partnership for development. Read the above report, then find out more about how the 7 Layer Poverty Model will help the world’s poverty fixers, overcome more poverty sooner, with the same resources.