Reassessing the MDG’s in Ghana

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“>This article from Ghana Wed concerns the Millennium Development Goals in general, but more specifically, in Ghana. The article states that we need to take the MDG’s head-on and more seriously alter them to make them effective. The author talks about the economy and the fact that the MDG predicting a Sub-Saharan African Nation to double its economy was, in reality, setting it up to fail. You can’t make broad, sweeping expectations about numerous countries that differ greatly. This means that MDG’s are very difficult to be used as policy-making tools, viewing them simply as ideology is more appropriate. Yes, There are concepts in International Development that require Macro-viewpoints, however applying solutions to some of these problems in a formulaic manner can be detrimental. The author goes on to speak about (something that we touched on in class) how senior policy makers should not be the actors implementing the development projects since they are too far removed. This would be like the CEO of GM wanting to work in one of their plants (more or less). A system needs to be put into place that makes development operate more organically.

2 responses to “Reassessing the MDG’s in Ghana

  • calliemedin

    I think that the opinions expressed in the article are very interesting. The MDGs are definitely long-term goals for each country, but in the short-term, more realistic expectations are necessary. Depending on the level of development of a nation, certain MDG’s should receive more emphasis than others. It must be difficult to determine the short-term development goals for a country. I wonder if there is enough data for them to find any significant correlations between a nation’s economic status and the need for development in a specific sector. If this were possible, we could more efficiently determine what would most benefit a nation given its status regarding each of the MDGs.

  • rwoolworth

    One part of this article that stuck out to me was that often the goal of the MDGs is not the problem, but the indicators with which they are measured. Such indicators are often misleading. For example the article discusses the problem of gender equity. Ghana’s gender statistics have fallen under the MDGs because they have less women in Parliament than they used to–however many inhabitants believe the general gender atmosphere has improved and there are many more women in the executive and judicial branch than there used to be. Based off of this example and others it seems the UN needs to widen their indicator base from which they will measure the MDGs.

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