Here is a short interview with Jeffrey Sachs a well known economist in the development community. While this interview is very short I think he makes two very good points.
The MDG’s have come under scrutiny for many reasons, especially that they are essentially a filter that development has to go through now, which present difficulties, as well as the fact that while well intentioned, they may not be the best or most effective ways of going about development and combating injustices.
That being said, Sachs has one line in this interview that I think really stands out. “We argue about so many things, agreeing on a few things is extremely important.” More than being well intentioned the MDG’s have given the world REAL, MEASURABLE development goals to rally around. And yes, while some development projects like Urban ICT4D projects may have gotten less attention or funding in recent history, it seems that in general the MDGs have allowed more people to be players in development. They have allowed nations to come together over shared goals of education (and other things) and leave the disputes of economic policy by the wayside.
For the most part, I believe that the MDG’s have done a massive amount of good. Sure, maybe they aren’t ALWAYS the MOST effective ways of aiding development. But they have allowed a massive amount of development to take place in a very short amount of time, with a number of governments and agencies collaborating over shared goals, WELL. This is progress.