The future of the MDGs

allAfrica.com: A Future Without Aids is Possible, Favourable

This column from from The Monitor (a Ugandan newspaper) discusses a High Level Meeting on Aid Effectiveness that took place Sept. 2-4 in Accra, Ghana.  The author, Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, gives some great information and perspective on the Millennium Development Goals, their history, meaning, and what is needed to achieve them.

I think this article is very insightful, and I definitely recommend reading the whole thing.  I have, however, included an excerpt (the last three paragraphs of the article) below.

The Accra Aid Effectiveness meeting is meant to review the progress that has been made in meeting the commitment to improve on the quality and quantity of Aid in the past seven years. It is a follow up on similar reviews that took place in Paris in 2005, out of which grew the Paris Declaration.

As we begin the second half of the 2015 target date for achieving the MDGs, progress on Aid effectiveness has been at best mixed. The three decades old promise of richer countries committing 0.7 per cent of their GNI to international development has only been achieved by a few countries. The biggest economies including Germany, Japan, the USA and even Britain that is so enthusiastic about MDGs are yet to meet the target.

Accra provides an opportunity to see the much neglected principle of mutual accountability in action. However, no matter how effective Aid is, on its own, it cannot lead to sustainable development without universal debt relief. There is need for a reform of the unfair trading rules which continue to trap the poorer countries. Maybe the real meeting Africans and other poor countries need to have is about a future without aid – not only would that be desirable but necessary.

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~ by h.e.g. on September 8, 2008.

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