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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

We have 34 items tagged with ‘Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’.
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    Independent Research Forum (IRF): supporting change for a sustainable future

    To view or download all of the IRF's Briefings, Discussion papers and Reports,

    14 December 2018 | Project | Governance
  • September 2015: on the eve of the United Nations summit to agree the 2030 Agenda, a film introducing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is projected onto the UN headquarters building (Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

    Effective evaluation for the Sustainable Development Goals

    Evaluation processes will play a key role in national and global review systems for the Sustainable Development Goals.IIED and EVALSDGs are publishing a series of briefings about evaluation designed to help promote effective conduct and use of evaluation in SDGs implementation, follow-up and review.

    21 October 2017 | Project | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Black grouse fight in Vaala, Finland. The country is committed to protecting biodiversity under its implementation of the sustainable development goals (Photo: Markus Varesvuo/NPL/Barcroft)

    Will the UK be left behind on sustainable development?

    The global goals, which UN members signed up to last year, are for all countries, not just poor ones. How is the UK going to implement them?

    25 July 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Building an embankment in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh has been forced to learn how to cope with the realities of climate change (Photo: Espen Rasmussen/PANOS)

    Does "leave no-one behind" risk too narrow a focus?

    "Leave no-one behind" has become a key phrase in interpreting the Sustainable Development Goals, but we should think carefully about what it implies

    1 March 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Kenya: Farmers visit a crop trial site to select the best sorghum varieties for climate resilience. Most climate change adaptation is done day-to-day by farmers, pastoralists, fishers and the urban poor.  (Photo: S. Kilungo, CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The SDGs must carry us beyond Paris to 2030

    The Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed in New York later this month, are a key step on the road to a climate agreement in Paris in December, but must set the agenda for resilient low carbon development beyond Paris to 2030

    10 September 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • IIED produced an animation to raise awareness of the SDGs and the potential of the new development agenda (Image: IIED/Hands Up)

    Global goals for sustainable development

    The final text of the Sustainable Development Goals marks an important advance for the international development community, but enormous challenges still lie ahead

    2 September 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • The Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group (Image: IIED)

    Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group

    The Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group is an informal group of individuals with a deep commitment to sustainable development and an understanding of the challenges to achieving it in the world's poorest countries

    3 August 2015 | Article | Governance
  • A community sanitation facility in Jinja, Uganda (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    World Toilet Day: People need equality and dignity when they 'have to go'

    On World Toilet Day on 19 November, our photoblog details the work of IIED and its partners to tackle the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation

    18 November 2014 | Blog | Urban
  • Lushoto, Tanzania: Farmers are being encouraged to diversify into agroforestry. Here a tree nursery group discusses the challenges and opportunities (Photo: P Kimeli/CCAFS)

    Look beyond the trees: the SDGs will have to do more than just 'protect forests'

    A UN working group has drafted targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which will expire next year. IIED's assessment finds a strong set of targets, but also trade-offs and missing issues

    4 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Meceburi Forest, near Nampula, Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    The Musketeers of development

    Does the zero draft of the Sustainable Development Goals take enough note of the crucial interdependencies between goal areas?

    16 July 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Street scene, Karachi, Pakistan. Photo by Fareena Chanda

    Can we change the goals of development without changing the implementers?

    The latest draft of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets contains a stunning list of commitments, but fails to address how we will achieve them.

    9 July 2014 | Blog | Urban
  • People need at least US$50 to survive for a month in Hanoi. This is twice the official urban poverty line (Photo via Commons Wikimedia/Google licence)

    If we don't count the poor, the poor don't count

    Research in several countries shows how governments and development agencies undercount the scale and depth of urban poverty

    12 June 2014 | Blog | Poverty
  • Two forest farmers from Ghana, including the head of a local community forest group, alongside some cocoa beans (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Integrating forests into the post-2015 development framework

    This IIED project aimed to install forest-related targets and indicators into the post-2015 development framework, contributing towards notional goal areas on poverty reduction and equality, economic growth and employment, food security, water and energy, climate change, ecosystems and biodiversity

    21 May 2014 | Project | Forests
  • Rosebell Kagumire was among the delegates at the conference discussing the post-2015 development framework: priorities for the least developed countries, in late January (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Media missing from UN drive to engage millions on post-2015 development agenda

    Rosebell Kagumire says consultations on the future of global development framework should involve journalists or they will fail to reach the masses.

    4 February 2014 | Blog | Communication
  • Wilton Park is the venue for a conference on sustainable development goals from January 29-31 (Photo: Wilton Park)

    Post-2015 development framework: priorities for LDCs – coverage from Wilton Park

    From January 29-31, Wilton Park hosted a conference enabling frank and open dialogue between those in the political process of setting 'sustainable development goals' and those in least developed countries (LDCs) who will need to implement the goals.

    30 January 2014 | Feature | Governance
  • Wilton Park is the venue for a conference on sustainable development goals from January 29-31 (Photo: Wilton Park)

    Conference to refocus post-2015 development agenda on poorest nations' priorities

    New 'sustainable development goals' for all nations to adopt in 2015 could deepen problems in the least developed countries (LDCs) if they fail to take account of these nations' priorities and the international nature of challenges they face.

    27 January 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A line of Christmas trees. Photo: Brett Flanders (Creative Commons

    Sustainable development requires an infusion of love

    Next year, new Sustainable Development Goals will set our trajectory into an increasingly uncertain future. But country delegations are arguing over the wrong thing

    20 December 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • Construction workers build a hotel in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Credit: Overseas Development Institute / Antony Robbins (Creative Commons

    Time to hear LDC voices on Post-2015 development goals

    The post-2015 development agenda will most profoundly affect the least developed countries (LDCs), so it's essential that people in these countries have a greater say in what the goals look like.

    10 December 2013 | Blog | Governance
  • There is no government-provided water connection in the Shivaji Nagar slum area of Raipur. Under UN definitions, a household has "improved provision" for water even if it only has access to a public tap or standpipe. (Photo:, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Setting the bar too low: is there really progress on UN development goals?

    The UN report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals seems so at odds with realities on the ground, says David Satterthwaite.

    3 December 2013 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • A mom and her newborn baby at the Maternal & Child Health Training Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    New international development goals: score or miss?

    The UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel has published their set of recommendations for international development. What is the verdict? How do they ‘score’?

    5 June 2013 | Blog | Green economy
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    Think-tank alliance identifies eight shifts needed for sustainability

    A new international alliance of research institutes has identified eight major shifts that must take place for humanity to achieve sustainable development.

    12 March 2013 | News | Governance
  • Boys stand talking in an undeveloped playground in Karachi, Pakistan.

    E-discussion: Urban inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda

    UNICEF, UN Habitat and the International Institute for Environment and Development are moderating an online discussion addressing inequalities, from 4-18 January 2013.

    8 January 2013 | News | Urban
  • A man carries buckets filled with water from a water tanker in Retiro, a shanty town in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Basic service provision shouldn’t just be a money maker

    Are utility companies forgetting that their core function is to provide services and not just make money?

    8 October 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Cebu, Phillipines

    6th World Urban Forum: will the agenda of slum and shack dwellers ever get considered?

    David Satterthwaite asks why representatives from the federations and networks of slum or shack dwellers were absent from almost all the official events and wonders when their priorities will get the attention they deserve.

    7 September 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Street in Karachi, Pakistan with overflowing sewage.

    The real issue is universal access to affordable basic services

    Why have global leaders endorsed partial Millennium Development Goal targets, asks Diana Mitlin, leaving millions without water, sanitation or healthcare?

    14 August 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Houses teeter on the edge of a river in Indonesia.

    Beyond the Millennium Development Goals

    How can we ensure the targets that replace the Millennium Development Goals lead to a future that low-income groups want?

    1 August 2012 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Closeup of the flame of a small oil lamp.
  • Men filling plastic containers with water. Niger.

    Clean drinking water is about people, not pipes

    Water and water crises will dominate the news this week from Marseille, where the sector convenes for its triennial global meeting, the World Water Forum. Some 33,000 participants attended the last one, in Istanbul in 2009, and similar numbers are expected this year.

    15 March 2012 | Blog | Water
  • Earth Summit 2012: Crucial opportunity that needs broader buy-in

    As shoppers in New York surged through streets and avenues bedecked with festive offerings, delegates from around the world were summoning up the collective will to make something of the crucial opportunity presented by the Earth Summit in Rio

    20 December 2011 | Blog | Green economy
  • REDD+: a win-win deal is possible!

    With the dusk of the International Year of Forests fast approaching, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable forest management, conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) has the potential to bring positive changes to the lives of people who are dependent on forests for their livelihoods. But this can only happen if REDD+ is implemented in a way that ensures their participation in the process.

    17 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Would you like to be my partner?

    The UN reports have yet to provide a clear overview of the progress made and for many of us directly involved in the business of creating credible partnerships the daily routine oscillates between excitement and frustration.

    31 May 2011 | Blog | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Poor Economics and ‘Just Giving Money to the Poor’

    Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo's book, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, is making waves in development circles. Beyond the strong focus on randomised control trials, the book distinguishes itself by wading into issues on which the development community has often ignored or made uninformed guesses. These include the rationale behind the decisions made by the poor, whether they make the "best" decisions available, and how policymakers should respond.

    18 May 2011 | Blog | Economics
  • What's your choice for global sustainability goals?

    IIED’s name brings together environment and development — both are essential for sustainability but they are often treated separately. Too often, we get bracketed as an environmental organisation rather than an organisation aiming for development that is consistent with long-term management of natural resources.

    6 April 2011 | Blog | Governance
  • Men sitting on railway tracks with roosters. Sucat Railway Community, Manila, Philippines.

    Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commit the international community to an expanded vision of poverty reduction and pro-poor growth, one that vigorously places human development at the centre of social and economic progress in all countries.

    30 April 2008 | Project | Governance
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