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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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(p.465) Eighteen Conclusion
Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?

Jason McFarlane

Hany Besada

Kathryn Anne Brunton

Alireza Saniei-Pour

Policy Press

This book concludes with some recommendations aimed at ensuring the legacy and success of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It argues that the Post-2015 Development Agenda needs to address a new and more complex set of challenges and emphasises the importance of good governance and institution-building. In conjunction with poverty reduction, the Post-2015 Development Agenda must tackle the growing problem of youth unemployment. It also must take into account the macroeconomic vulnerabilities of developing countries and the role of technology, such as mobile phones, in intermediating global development finance. Furthermore, the Post-2015 Development Agenda must reflect a concerted effort to draw lessons from the positive and negative experiences of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and apply them to a variety of challenges whose prioritisation differ from country to country. Finally, policymakers need to address predicaments such as the ongoing financial and Eurozone crisis and identify trends that indicate imminent emergencies.

Keywords:   youth unemployment, Post-2015 Development Agenda, good governance, institution-building, poverty reduction, technology, global development finance, Millennium Development Goals, Eurozone crisis

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