Promoting Millennium Development Ideals: The Risks of Defining Development Down

37 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2013

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Lant Pritchett

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Center for Global Development

Charles Kenny

Center for Global Development

Date Written: August 14, 2013

Abstract

The approach of 2015, the target date of the Millennium Development Goals, sets the stage for a global reengagement on the question of “what is development?” We argue that the post-2015 development framework for development should include Millennium Development Ideals which put into measurable form the high aspirations countries have for the well-being of their citizens. Standing alone, low bar targets like the existing Millennium Development Goals “define development down” and put at risk both domestic and global coalitions to support to an inclusive development agenda. Measuring development progress exclusively by low bar targets creates the illusion that specific targeted programs can be an adequate substitute for a broad national and global development agenda.

Keywords: Millennium Development Goals

Suggested Citation

Pritchett, Lant and Kenny, Charles, Promoting Millennium Development Ideals: The Risks of Defining Development Down (August 14, 2013). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 338. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364643 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2364643

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