2005: Five years after signing up to the Millennium Development Goals, world leaders meet at the United Nations in New York from 14 to 16 September to review progress and agree on actions needed to accelerate efforts by poor countries towards meeting the MDGs by 2015. This page collates relevant ODI resources.
Should we provide a guarantee that no child will be brain-damaged by malnutrition in Africa if money can prevent it?
'It is not an exaggeration to say that a third of Africa's children are brain-damaged as a result, with major long-term effects on learning, health and productivity.'
Scaling up versus Absorptive Capacity: Challenges and Opportunities for Reaching the MDGs in Africa.
This paper looks at how increased aid flows can be best utilised.
'The Millennium Project report Investing in Development invites developing countries to formulate expenditure plans based on what they will need to reach the Millennium Development Goals. Additional aid needed will be very substantial, even after allowing...
'Double aid to halve poverty' looks likely to be the catchphrase of 2005. We will hear it from Tony Blair's Africa Commission, from the UN Millennium Project in New York, and from Gordon Brown and other advocates of an International Financing...
'If we care about partnership and accountability, the priority for a new aid architecture is to rebuild the UN. The way to do this is to create a new trust fund'
'The key question on UN reform is not 'Why?' or 'What?' but 'How?'. Take as read the high principles and values: peace, justice, freedom, equity, sustainability and the rest. Take as read, also, the many specific proposals...
'Donor governments do not always seem to recognise poverty and suffering as a denial of human rights that they are obliged to address – through development assistance, humanitarian action or otherwise'.
This report, commissioned by the UK Department for International Development, reviews critically current debates regarding aid in 'poorly performing' countries.
'Every year.. $6 billion is spent by OECD countries on emergency relief- a vital support to some of the poorest people in the world - but the way it is spent is changing and there are growing concerns about politicisation of official...
Can we attain the millennium development goals in education and health through public expenditure and aid?
This paper asks how good the record of public expenditure in developing countries has been in delivering two MDG targets, one each in education and health.
In preparation of the Millennium GA meeting, this paper looks at the future role of UN in an increasingly complex multilateral world.
This Briefing Paper describes the evolution of the UN's work in development, assesses its contribution to global assistance efforts, and explains how its main components have been financed in the past.