WHAT TOP THINKERS THINK ABOUT DEVELOPMENT

The key achievement of the MDGs is the extent to which they have mobilized public and political sup­port for development. Any post-2015 agreement needs to maintain popular momentum. And, as the goals’ objectives were limited to reducing “by half” or “two thirds”: even if achieved, there is a large unfinished post-2015 agenda. But in the run-up to 2015 we should evaluate how to improve the instruments to achieve the Goals. Three issues deserve particular attention according to Herfkens: focus more on inequality and poverty focus; introduce targets on climate change; rich countries must do their homework in terms of development aid delivery.

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