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Poverty and the SDGs

Poverty and the SDGs

The Millennium Development Goals: An Assessment

The Millennium Development Goals: An Assessment, in Equity and Growth in a Globalizing World, Edited by Ravi Kanbur and Michael Spence, World Bank 2010

This book has been prepared for the Commission on Growth and Development to evaluate the state of knowledge on the relationship between poverty, equity, and globalization. It considers a range of questions on poverty and equity within nations, and the policy frameworks that can best address distributional concerns as the basis for a growth strategy. It also examines the important issue of equity between nations, in particular the possible role of international migration in alleviating this inequity.

Written by prominent analysts in their fields, Equity and Growth in a Globalizing World seeks to create a better understanding of the interactions between globalization, growth, and different dimensions of equity and poverty, and to inform policy makers of possible policy levers to address central concerns in the debates in this area.

Simon's article, co-written with François Bourguignon, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Stefan Dercon, Antonio Estache, Jan Willem Gunning, Ravi Kanbur, Stephan Klasen, Jean-Philippe Platteau, and Amedeo Spadaro, examines how poor countries fared on the MDGs.

The Millenium Development Goals are at risk: The EU should give them new momentum

The Millenium Development Goals are at risk: The EUEuropean Union should give them new momentum, ODIOverseas Development Institute (London) Blog, Sept. 2008

A high profile European report on the MDGs is being launched in Brussels on Friday and in New York on 24 September. The report has been written by an independent group of European economists, led by Professor Francois Bourguignon, Director of the Paris School of Economics, and of which I am a member. It says the Millennium Development Goals have been a force for good in the world, but that progress is uneven, too slow and threatened by the global economic slowdown. The authors argue that the European Union brings particular strengths to the MDG project. The EU’s own history shows the advantages of regional cooperation, support to weaker members and joint action to secure public goods of value to all. Its development policy and implementation capacity provides a unique marriage of political, economic and aid instruments, underpinned by a structure of mutual accountability. All this provides a platform to do more................. (see link in title for full article)


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