MDGs & MVPs

       

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - a global agreement to reduce poverty and human deprivation through a collaborative action represent one of the world’s most promising developments so far. The MDGs are not the first time that global promises have been made about eradicating human deprivation, but differ from previous such promises in their comprehensive nature and the systematic efforts and approach required to finance, implement and monitor them. The ‘Declaration of Human Rights’ of 1948 and its stipulation that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care…” (UN Declaration of Human Rights Article 25) is perhaps the most powerful basis for these renewed promises, despite which poverty and human deprivation continue to be one of the world's biggest problems as highlighted by the World Bank’s “World Development Report 1990”. The UNDP’s “Human Development Report” also accentuated the message that poverty must be on the world’s agenda and made a strong case for a broad-based attack on poverty to its eventual (and speedy) eradication.

 

In the late 1990s, the UN started setting out a series of plans for the Millennium Assembly of the United Nations to be held in New York in September 2000. At the three days summit (September 6-8, 2000), world leaders adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out series of targets to be achieved by 2015. These have become known as the Millennium Development Goals and they form the blue print for action agreed to by all countries and the world’s leading development institutions. 
 

There have been significant gains in achieving many of the goals between 1990 and now. However, notwithstanding these achievements, the progress has been far from uniform across the world and across the goals. There exist significant disparities across and within countries. As the 2015 deadline draws closer the production of National MDG Reports (MDGR) are excellent opportunities for comprehensive reviews of progress, best practices and lessons learned, challenges, bottlenecks and gaps for necessary actions at programme, strategy and policy levels. The need for these reviews was emphasized during the UN High-level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs in New York from 20-22 September 2010 and at other meetings. Our seasoned and experienced specialists have already worked with countries to produce their periodic MDG Reports (MDGR).

 

MDGRs are tools for fostering global cooperation therein providing an overview of national efforts to strengthen the basis and improve the environment for developing strong partnerships to achieve macro-economic stability and other important national development objectives. Our Consultants always ensure that the purpose of MDGRs (to raise public awareness, promote debate on the development challenges and to forge that required alliance and partnership between governments, civil society, media, the private sector and the general public for overcoming the challenges) remain central to the preparation process.

 

Our MDGs related activities include:

 

*       Preparation of periodic MDGRs and the implementation of associated programmes

*       MDGs gaps analysis

*       Mainstreaming of MDGs in national development strategies

*       Millennium Village Project preparations including

o    Preparation of project documents

o    MVP initiation and setting up

*       MVP evaluations

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