Focusing development efforts around the MDGs was not always easy

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Poverty




I remember meeting with partners in the Cabinet of Ministers in 2002-3, working as a poverty reduction consultant. I was advised not to bring up the topic of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with government officials, as it would be insulting for them to compare their country with other developing countries. The Government officials were very proud… Read more »

Empowering young people in Kyrgyzstan to have a say in the post-2015 development agenda

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Social inclusion




“Young people should play a central role in the formulation of the development agenda. People need to be more actively involved in the process of decision making for the country.” This statement is one of the responses voiced during Post-2015 national consulta­tions in Kyrgyzstan, which began in late 2012. With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)… Read more »

Fixing unemployment… by playing games?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Poverty Social inclusion




With over 7,000 Moldovans involved in the Post-2015 national consultations, it would be a shame not to address the problems that came up and let all that social energy go to waste. The consultations uncovered a long list of major problems, but it’s risky to dive right in without the proper preparation and resources. It’s… Read more »

Esther Duflo and Jose Ocampo LIVE on 24 September: A post 2015 agenda

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Filed under: Development Poverty




Has poverty eradication and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals been satisfactory? What should global commitments look like after 2015? Heads of states will gather this week at the United Nations General Assembly to give a final push to the Millennium Development Goals and, for the first time, discuss what will replace them beyond 2015…. Read more »

The development story behind the MDGs: Seeing the forest beyond the trees

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Migration and remittances Poverty




What do people in Chişinău say they need for a better life? Of course we need to closely follow the progress of each Millennium Development Goal (MDG), but have you ever thought: What is the development story behind the MDGs in various national contexts? The importance of such a development story goes beyond even ‘passing… Read more »