Can’t get to sleep at night? Tired and restless with worry about the MDGs? Wake up thinking: its now 2008 and the Millennium Development Goals are supposed to be done by 2015 — its only 7 years away until the world announces: absolute poverty has been halved (and other good things).
Then you need to start reading ‘The Making of the Millennium Development Goals‘ by David Hulme, now out in the BWPI working paper series. David tells the inside story of how we got to where we are. And how likely it is that the MDGs can really be achieved. Its results-based management in an imperfect world. There are more papers on the MDGs on the way. And do check out CPRC’s assessment of how things stood at the MDG mid-point (July 2007) for chronically poor people. In the meantime, try and sleep easy.