Jul 1, 2013The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history, the report says. Significant and substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the targets—including halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and the proportion of people without sustainable access to improved sources of drinking water. Remarkable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis. There have been visible improvements in all health areas as well as primary education. This year’s report looks at the areas where action is needed most: hunger, maternal health, sanitation and environmental protection, for example. This report also shows that the achievement of the MDGs has been uneven among and within countries.
Mar 20, 2013The Global Conversation BeginsThe United Nations and partners have launched an unprecedented series of consultations with people the world over to seek their views on a new development agenda to build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This global conversation responds to a growing call for active participation in shaping the ‘world we want’. Taking place well before governments sit down to negotiate and finalize such a new agenda, the consultations underway provide evidence and perspectives to governments on the challenges people face in improving their lives and those of their families and communities.
Dec 1, 2011Accelerating MDG Achievement: Stories from the PhilippinesThe case studies are categorized into three broad themes: (i) participatory policy advocacy, (ii) citizen monitoring, and (iii) innovative partnerships. While these initiatives vary widely in terms of their nature and scope of work, target groups, and adopted methods, they clearly illustrate a few key lessons. First, for any MDG advocacy and campaigning to be successful and make a tangible impact on people’s lives, people themselves need to be at the center of such efforts. Second, ordinary citizens do possess the capacity and willingness to actively engage in and own development processes that matter to them if appropriate support to develop their skills and know-how, knowledge, networks, and financial resources is provided until they become self-sustainable. Third, these statements are especially true when we aim to improve the lives of the poorest and the most marginalized. If not active participants, they will remain voiceless and marginalized. The seven cases which are presented in this compilation illustrate different ways in which citizens and communities participate to realize the MDGs in the Philippines. Many are the stories from the parts of the population that represent the worst sectors of poverty in the Philippines-- women, children, indigenous peoples and the urban poor.
Mar 30, 2012Fast Facts: The Millennium Development Goals in the PhilippinesArising from the historic adoption of the Millennium Declaration by 189 countries in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) give voice to the global aspiration to eradicate extreme poverty. The MDGs are eight concrete and interconnected goals, with a corresponding set of measurable targets and indicators. This development framework represents a remarkable global partnership between poor countries that pledge to govern better and invest in human development and rich countries that promise to support them.
May 15, 2011The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Realization: Filling in the Fiscal GapsThe Philippines has committed itself to a development strategy geared towards attaining the MDGs. However, based on official and largely qualitative assessments, prospects for MDG achievement of the Philippines are mixed. The study recommends attempting to close the MDG gaps using tax financing. This financing option is feasible in the sense that the required revenue effort has been achieved before. Admittedly, it entails a 10 dramatic improvement in revenue effort, compared to most recent trends over the past decade. This underscores the urgent, developmental rationale for raising collection efficiency, reforms in the existing tax structure, in tandem with improvements in service delivery.