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Global Development Goals: If at All, Why, When and How?

31 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2015 Last revised: 23 Oct 2015

Sanjay G. Reddy

The New School - Department of Economics; Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)

Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

The New School - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 30, 2015

Abstract

We raise some basic conceptual questions regarding global development goals: Why have them at all? What function, if any, might they serve, and under what conditions could they do so successfully? Based on our answers to these questions, we identify serious inadequacies in the contemporary approach to development goals and relate these to weaknesses in how the goals were conceived and formulated. Despite these failings, higher-level goals may play a useful role if the practical approach to them is embedded in a holistic and integrated vision of a better world. Focusing on goals rather than targets opens needed space for flexibility, innovation, and fuller democratic accountability.

Keywords: Development Goals, Global Goals, MDGs, SDGs

JEL Classification: O10, O19, O20, I30, F00

Suggested Citation

Reddy, Sanjay G. and Kvangraven, Ingrid Harvold, Global Development Goals: If at All, Why, When and How? (September 30, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2666321

Sanjay G. Reddy (Contact Author)

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Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) ( email )

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Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

The New School - Department of Economics ( email )

Room 1116
6 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
United States

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