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Achieving the millennium development goals in the Asia-Pacific region : the role of international assistance

journal contribution
posted on 2008-07-01, 00:00 authored by S Feeny, Matthew ClarkeMatthew Clarke
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of international development targets agreed to by members of the United Nations in 2000. The goals aim to improve many of the dimensions of extreme poverty and are to be achieved by 2015. This paper provides an overview of the issues relevant to the achievement of the MDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. The paper begins by discussing the critiques of the MDGs before assessing whether countries in the region are on track to achieve them. Issues relating to data availability and accuracy are discussed and the need to tailor the MDG targets to the special circumstances of some Asia-Pacific countries is examined. The paper proceeds by discussing the role of international assistance via international foreign development aid and non-governmental organisations in the achievement of the MDGs. The paper concludes with some policy implications for the international donor community.

History

Journal

Asia Pacific viewpoint

Volume

49

Issue

2

Pagination

198 - 212

Publisher

Blackwell

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

1360-7456

eISSN

1467-8373

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, The authors