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The Millennium Development Goals: Challenges, Prospects and Opportunities

1st Edition

Edited by Nana Poku, Jim Whitman


204 pages

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As the 15-year Millennium Development Goals approach their conclusion, we can now measure their larger successes and failures in more than ‘snapshot’ fashion; and we can begin to consider how best to shape the international development agenda for the coming decades based on what we have learned. But the performance and outlook for the MDGs can neither be reduced to the sum of its eight goals, nor be divorced from international dynamics - the hard interests of states and other actors, and the global dynamics that impact on both. For that reason, this volume balances contextual analysis, the role of formative and constraining forces, the importance of normative considerations and illuminating case studies to deliver a study of the MDGs which has depth and nuance as well as breadth. Poised between judging the recent performance and the future promise of the MDGs, this book is substantial, provocative and timely.

This book was published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. Introduction: The Millennium Development Goals: challenges, prospects and opportunities 2. If not the Millennium Development Goals, then what? 3. The Millennium Development Goals: back to the future? 4. Achieving the MDGs and Ensuring Debt Sustainability 5. Millennium Development Goal 1: poverty, hunger and decent work in Southeast Asia 6. The ‘Other Diseases’ of the Millennium Development Goals: rhetoric and reality of free drug distribution to cure the poor’s parasites 7. Food Security Politics and the Millennium Development Goals 8. The ‘AIDS and MDGs’ Approach: what is it, why does it matter, and how do we take it forward? 9. The Idea of Partnership within the Millennium Development Goals: context, instrumentality and the normative demands of partnership 10. The Millennium Development Goals and Development after 2015

About the Editors

Nana Poku is Visiting Professor of African Politics at University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Executive Director of the UN Secretary-General's Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa.

Jim Whitman is Professor of Global Governance in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. He is the general editor of the Palgrave Global Issues series. His latest books are The Fundamentals of Global Governance (2009); as editor, Global Governance (2009); and as editor with Sarah Perrigo, The Geneva Conventions Under Assault (2010).

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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