The Global Partnership for Development: helping achieve human rights? (May 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, May 29, 2013

A new paper authored by Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari, “Analysis of Millennium Development Goal 8: A global partnership for development,” provides an assessment of targets and indicators regarding Millennium Development Goal 8 (“Global partnership for development”) from a human rights perspective.




The paper, published as a Working Paper of the Harvard School of Public Heatlh, Harvard University FXB Center for Health ad Human Rights and The New School,  was prepared as part of the research project “The Power of Numbers: A Critical Review of MDG Targets for Human Development,” coordinated by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Alicia Yamin.


In its first section the paper addresses the history of MDG 8 with the purpose of shedding light on the factors that may have shaped the criteria for choosing its targets and indicators. Next, the paper assesses the empirical and normative consequences that the targets and indicators for MDG 8, evaluated on their own terms (that is, regardless of impacts on human rights) had for the behavior of the main actors in MDG 8, developed countries. A critical review of normative and empirical consequences, in this case paying close attention to the impact on human rights and development of capabilities, follows. This part tries to answer the question: what were the consequences of the choice of targets and indicators for the realization of human rights? Finally, by drawing on the lessons learned from the MDG 8 experience, the paper offers some ideas for criteria to use when choosing indicators in the post-2015 framework and elaborates on some possible indicators that could be chosen using these criteria.


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