Millennium Development Goal Achievements and Policies in Education and Health: What Has Been Learnt?

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Jann Lay

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies; University of Goettingen

Date Written: January 2012

Abstract

This article reviews the effectiveness and efficiency of key policy instruments for MDG (Millennium Development Goals) achievement, focusing on the role of demand‐ and supply‐side factors in education and health‐service utilisation. It comes to the following conclusions. First, specific policy interventions can have a considerable impact on social‐service utilisation. Second, demand‐side policies have proved extremely effective in the education sector, but may need more consideration in the health sector. Third, policy effectiveness and efficiency are highly dependent on initial conditions and the specificities of the respective policy. Fourth, complementarities between MDG targets are likely to be very important.

Keywords: Millennium Development Goals, public services, education, health

Suggested Citation

Lay, Jann, Millennium Development Goal Achievements and Policies in Education and Health: What Has Been Learnt? (January 2012). Development Policy Review, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 67-85, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1969233 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00560.x

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