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New ONE Report Examines Correlation Between Spending, Progress On MDGs; Media Analysis Examines Goals’ Usefulness

“African countries that are allocating a greater share of government spending to health, education and agriculture are making faster progress on achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but many nations are still failing to meet their commitments and are lagging behind,” according to the ONE Campaign’s 2013 Data Report released today, The Guardian reports. “In the first big study to rank countries on their overall progress on the MDGs and assess the contribution from sub-Saharan African countries’ own spending, ONE highlights a ‘clear correlation’ between spending and progress,” the newspaper writes. “Those countries in Africa that are lagging behind should be inspired by neighbors that are making dramatic progress. And Europe must deliver on its promise to Africa too. In the next thousand days, we need a sprint finish for the Millennium Development Goals,” Adrian Lovett, Europe director at ONE, said, The Guardian notes (Allen, 5/28).

In a related story about the MDGs, the Christian Science Monitor examines the impact of the goals on global development and international aid, and explores what will happen after the MDGs expire in 2015. “Aid officials, academics, politicians, and many ordinary people are trying to figure out what will come next,” the Christian Science Monitor writes, continuing, “There will definitely be a continuing global development agenda. … A consensus has emerged because of the MDGs that these sorts of global exercises are worth doing, even if we’ll never be able to measure their impact precisely” (McClanahan, 5/26).

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