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S. Peterson

Rethinking the Millennium Development Goals for Africa

2012. Vol. 7. No. 3. P. 147–183 [issue contents]

The global economy and especially its poorest members, face a perfect storm. The crisis has been created by a Global LIE: leverage this is unfathomable, institutions that are discredited, and, experts who are uncertain about the uncertainty. The poorest countries have been the hardest hit by the crisis, and their recovery may be years away. Under these circumstances, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are not a best bet development strategy for Africa. As a financing decision, developed countries have never adequately resourced the MDGs and are unlikely to do so in future as they face more pressing priorities: entitlements, terror, climate, stimulus, and unwinding. As an investment decision, the MDGs focus on social services not infrastructure, which creates fiscal stress on the budget. The failure of the MDG to address revenue mobilization means that this strategy is fiscally unsustainable. Notwithstanding the limitations of the MDGs which include, among other things, dependence on foreign sources of funding, MDGs were a valid tool for gauging and comparing the level of a government’s commitment to allocating resources. A better strategy for foreign aid are Decade Infrastructure Goals (DIGs) that focus on the investment in growth promoting infrastructure (revenue, roads, power, and agriculture) rather than social services.

Citation: Peterson S. (2012) Pereosmyslivaya Tseli razvitiya tysyacheletiya dlya Afriki [Rethinking the Millennium Development Goals for Africa] INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS RESEARCH JOURNAL, 3, pp. 147-183 (in Russian)
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