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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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United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) and the Arab Spring: shedding light on the preludes?

United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) and the Arab Spring: shedding light on the preludes?

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(p.359) Fifteen United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) and the Arab Spring: shedding light on the preludes?
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Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?
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M Evren Tok

Nancy Elbassiouny

Sofia Samper

Mohammed Sayeed Showkath

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335702.003.0015

This chapter examines whether the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provided a concrete background to illuminate the preludes to the Arab Spring by focusing on the experiences of Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. It first considers the common features of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen before discussing the implementation of the MDGs in those countries. It also assesses the effects of the Arab Spring on the MDG progress in each country with respect to indicators such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting general equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and ensuring environmental sustainability. The chapter proceeds by analysing the impact of the Arab Spring on Arab civil society and concludes with an overview of prospects for the Arab world in the post-2015 era.

Keywords:   poverty, Millennium Development Goals, Arab Spring, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, civil society, Arab world

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