Thursday, 25 October 2007

Q&A: ‘How the MDGs Could Curtail Development’

Filed under: Human Rights,News Watch Blog,Peace and health — Catherine Morris @ 14:04 PDT

BERLIN, Oct 23 (IPS) – Some of the ways in which the MDGs are being pushed could actually limit development, says Inge Kaul, former director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office of Development Studies.

She says the millennium development goals (MDGs) have “often been interpreted as meaning that what is to be ‘delivered’ to the poor is some health, some education, some water, and so on.” This is a curtailment of human development, she says, because human development should be about enabling the poor to earn a living that allows them to access social services and other opportunities that will, ultimately, translate into the achievement of the MDGs.

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