Why Global Goals and Indicators Matter: The Experience of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Millennium Development Goals

Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15(2-3), 218-231 (2014)

Posted: 30 Mar 2021

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Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Vanessa Boulanger

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, Boston MA, USA

Date Written: April 23, 2014

Abstract

This article begins by providing some context for the selection of targets and indicators chosen to measure Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, “improvement in maternal health,” considering why the broad vision of sexual and reproductive health and (reproductive) rights set out at international conferences in the 1990s was reduced to maternal health in the MDGs in 2001. We consider the intended and unintended consequences to the sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda based on the choices made with respect to the selection of the targets and indicators under MDG 5, and their conversion into national planning tools. Finally, we set out criteria for the selection of goals, targets, and indicators, which we believe should be applied to the post-2015 global development agenda-setting process.

Suggested Citation

Yamin, Alicia Ely and Boulanger, Vanessa, Why Global Goals and Indicators Matter: The Experience of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Millennium Development Goals (April 23, 2014). Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15(2-3), 218-231 (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3796629

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