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Author Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko

Title Millennium Development Goals : Ideas, Interests and Influence
Published London : Taylor and Francis, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (274 pages)
Series Global Institutions
Global institutions series.
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction: Goals and norms of development -- Perspective -- Structure -- A background on the MDGs -- PART I: Shaping the international development agenda: From human development and human rights to basic needs -- 1. Prospective circa 2003: The Millennium Development Goals-why they matter -- The MDGs as a human development agenda -- The MDGs as a framework of accountability -- The MDGs as a compact -- The importance of national ownership -- Conclusion -- 2. Retrospective circa 2013: Recapturing the human rights vision of the Millennium Declaration -- The MDG experience 2001-11 -- Lessons of the MDG experience for global goals -- The MDGs in context: the political economy of development cooperation -- Global goals after 2015: recapturing the vision of the Millennium Declaration -- Conclusion -- PART II: The marketplace of ideas -- 3. The emergence and spread of the global poverty norm -- Poverty norm in international agendas -- Norm dynamics: the role of actors, motivations, and mechanisms -- Contestation and consensus -- Ideational trajectory -- Conclusion -- 4. The poverty narrative and the political economy of development -- Locating the MDGs within the competing narratives of development -- Implications for North-South relations: a Faustian bargain -- Conceptualizing development: outcomes, process, and policy strategies -- Conclusion -- 5. Are the MDGs a priority in national poverty reduction strategies and aid programs? Only a few are! -- Integrating the MDGs into national policy: some conceptual considerations -- Analysis of PRSPs -- Analysis of donor policies -- Conclusion -- Part III: Global goals and the power of numbers
6. Global goals as a policy tool: Intended and unintended effects of quantification -- Global goals as a policy tool -- Governance effects of the MDGs -- Knowledge effects of the MDGs -- The design of the MDGs in the utilitarian perspective: commission and omission -- Conclusion -- 7. The power of numbers: How targets perverted human rights and human development agendas -- The case studies -- Intended consequences: mobilizing attention and effort -- Unintended consequences: policy and normative effects -- Political dynamics -- Methodology for setting targets and selecting indicators -- Conclusion -- 8. Framing the discourse and shaping agendas: The MDG hunger target and the narrative of food security -- Competing conceptions of hunger and food security -- Origins of the hunger target as an international norm -- Governance effects: consequences on policy agendas -- Knowledge effects: consequences on thinking -- The choice of targets and indicators for monitoring human development and human rights -- Conclusion -- 9. MDGs as performance measures: Faulty metrics that penalize countries starting behind -- The MDGs as performance measures: planning targets or benchmarks -- Standard framework for measuring progress: achieving the target -- Alternative framework: faster progress -- Findings -- Assessing nonlinear acceleration of improvement: child mortality -- Conclusion -- 10. Conclusion: Global goals to set international agendas -- Ideas -- Global goals -- The future of goal setting and international development -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Heralded as a success that mobilized support for development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ushered in an era of setting development agendas by setting global goals. This book critically evaluates the MDG experience from the capabilities and human rights perspectives, and questions the use of quantitative targets as an instrument of global governance. It provides an account of their origins, trajectory and influence in shaping the policy agenda, and ideas about international development during the first 15 years of the 21st century. The chapters explore: whether the goals are adequate as benchmarks for the transformative vision of the Millennium Declaration; how the goals came to be formulated the way they were, drawing on interviews with key actors who were involved in the process; how the goals exercised influence through framing to shape policy agendas on the part of both developing countries and the international community; the political economy that drove the formulation of the goals and their consequences on the agendas of the South and the North; the effects of quantification and indicators on ideas and action; and the lessons to be drawn for using numeric goals to promote global priorities. Representing a significant body of work on the MDGs in its multiple dimensions, compiled here for the first time as a single collection that tells the whole definitive story, this book provides a comprehensive resource. It will be of great interest to students, researchers and policymakers in the fields of development, human rights, international political economy, and governance by numeric indicators"--The publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Civil society -- Developing countries -- International cooperation
Economic development -- Developing countries -- International cooperation
Equality -- Developing countries -- International cooperation
Human rights -- Developing countries -- International cooperation
Economic development -- International cooperation.
Human rights -- International cooperation.
International relations.
Developing countries -- Relations -- Developed countries
Developed countries.
Developing countries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315414228