In 2001, he was one of the architects of the MDGs.
The MDG Conundrum: Meeting the Targets Without Missing the Point
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2009
© The Author 2009. Journal compilation © 2009 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 355–371, July 2009
How to Cite
Vandemoortele, J. (2009), The MDG Conundrum: Meeting the Targets Without Missing the Point. Development Policy Review, 27: 355–371. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2009.00451.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2009
- first submitted January 2009final revision accepted March 2009
The MDGs are being misappropriated to gain support for a specific development strategy, agenda or argument, mostly being used as a call for more aid or as a Trojan horse for a particular policy framework. As relative benchmarks, they are extremely difficult to meet in countries with low human development. Their misinterpretation as one-size-fits-all targets is leading to excessive Afro-pessimism, begging the question whether Africa is missing the targets or whether the world is missing the point. The global MDG canon is dominated by a money-metric and donor-centric view of development, and is not ready to accept that growing disparities within countries are the main reason why the 2015 targets will be missed.