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Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?Meeting Future Challenges with Past Lessons$
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Hany Besada, Leah McMillan Polonenko, and Manmohan Agarwal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335702

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335702.001.0001

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Developmental crises affecting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal achievements in Bangladesh: a critical perspective

Developmental crises affecting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal achievements in Bangladesh: a critical perspective

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(p.289) Twelve Developmental crises affecting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal achievements in Bangladesh: a critical perspective
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Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?
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Saleh Ahmed

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335702.003.0012

This chapter examines the developmental challenges faced by Bangladesh during the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how the country attempted to overcome them. The MDGs were conceptualised with the aim of reducing some of the world's major human development challenges by 2015. However, a number of contemporary global challenges, such as economic recession and environmental degradation, made it difficult for some countries to achieve the MDGs by 2015. This was particularly true for the poor and marginalised populations in the Global South. The chapter first provides an overview of the history, achievements and challenges of the MDGs before discussing the challenges within the Bangladesh context, including: a large population, massive poverty, inequality, global environmental changes, weak governance and confrontational politics, politically motivated communal and ethnic violence, weak civil society and unstable economy. It also considers the potential success of the Post-2015 Development Agenda taking into account all future challenges.

Keywords:   development, Bangladesh, Millennium Development Goals, poverty, inequality, global environmental changes, confrontational politics, ethnic violence, civil society, Post-2015 Development Agenda

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