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Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?: Meeting Future Challenges with Past Lessons

Hany Besada, Leah McMillan Polonenko, and Manmohan Agarwal


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations were deliberately ambitious, and they have been the subject of much debate. Now, with the 2015 target date for many of the goals having passed, it is time to assess the goals and attempt to determine whether they were effective. Gathering leading scholars from a range of backgrounds and regions, this book offers an in-depth exploration of that question, with the aim of better understanding the effects of the MDGs and learning from them for future policy decisions. It examines the impact of the MDGs on countries and regions such ... More

Keywords: women, Millennium Development Goals, United Nations, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, economic development, anti-poverty programmes, sustainable development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447335702
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hany Besada, editor
Carleton University

Leah McMillan Polonenko, editor

Manmohan Agarwal, editor
Jawaharlal Nehru University

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One Introduction: meeting future challenges with past lessons

Leah McMillan Polonenko and Hany Besada

Part One Global challenges

Part Two Minority groups

Eight Women’s role in economic development: overcoming the constraints

Sarah Bradshaw with Joshua Castellino and Bineta Diop

Part Three Micro challenges

Part Four Looking forward

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

M Evren Tok, Nancy Elbassiouny, Sofia Samper and Mohammed Sayeed Showkath

Sixteen Food security, inclusive growth, sustainability and the sustainable development agenda1

Craig Hanson with contributions from Tim Searchinger, Richard Waite, Betsy Otto, Brian Lipinski and Kelly Levin

Eighteen Conclusion

Jason McFarlane, Hany Besada, Kathryn Anne Brunton and Alireza Saniei-Pour

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