In the final part of our series on the Sustainable Development Goals which have just been agreed in New York, David Hulme analyses what it all means…. The UN has been setting goals to combat poverty for the last 50 or 60 years, but this gathered pace since 1990, following the end of the Cold […]
If we don’t get a strong climate deal, the Sustainable Development Goals are doomed
With the Sustainable Development Goals Conference starting in New York on Friday, David Hulme continues our series … The imminent announcement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is generating real debate amongst researchers, NGOs and academics about their level of ambition and the likelihood of success. Will they be business as usual for the […]
Forget the aid obsession: development needs redistribution through fiscal policy
In the second of our series on the United Nations negotiations over Sustainable Development Goals, to be held in New York later this month, Armando Barrientos says new thinking is required. Perhaps the greatest failing of the Millennium Development Goals was their focus on aid as the main financing tool for development. This ‘cosmopolitan’ perspective has […]
Are the Sustainable Development Goals the world’s biggest promise…. or the world’s biggest lie?
In New York the finishing touches are being made to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are due to replace the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Here David Hulme explores what they might mean. With 17 goals, 167 targets and perhaps more than 1,000 indicators those finishing touches remain a large task. The idea behind […]
How radical are the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals?
In September this year the United Nations will formally adopt a set of targets for global development to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Carl Death examines the proposals to assess their potential. The post-2015 goals – which will be called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – are likely to define the global development landscape for […]
Inequality: What is to be done?
Professor David Hulme tackles the problem of rising global inequality. Over the past few years there has been a wealth of research demonstrating the perils of inequality – both in the rich world and in developing countries. Studies have shown that increasing levels of inequality bring greater social problems and can act as a brake […]
Why all the doom and gloom when things are getting better?
David Hulme takes the media to task over the way it covers the developing world. Bangladesh makes the headlines with stories of factory fires, exploited garment workers, political violence, or bombings. Yet, Bangladesh has shown remarkable economic growth and achieved rapid social development – progress that is rarely reported. In many ways, the country is […]
Development in 2015
As we enter 2015, Professor David Hulme looks ahead to the next twelve months in international development as the Millennium Development Goals come to an end and plans take shape for the next phase. This year, 2015, will be an important year for ideas and policies about international development. It marks the completion of the […]