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How the Millennium Development Goals Are Unfair to Africa

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

For the co-sponsored CGD-Brookings seminar How the Millennium Development Goals Are Unfair to Africa, Professor William Easterly presented a controversial analysis suggesting that most African countries' predicted "failure" to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 will result more from the design of the Goals than from unique deficiencies in Africa's development process. Those involved in the MDG campaign routinely state that "Africa will miss all the MDGs." While Africa will miss MDGs, Easterly argues that it will result primarily from a series of arbitrary numerical choices built into the Goals in such a way that "success" was less likely in Africa than in other regions from the beginning. The statement that "Africa will miss all the MDGs" thus paints an unfairly bleak portrait of Africa.

Danny Leipziger, Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank, commented on Easterly's analysis. Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development, moderated the discussion and Johannes Linn, Executive Director, Wolfensohn Center for Development and Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution, provided opening remarks.

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Birdsall, Easterly & Leipziger

Danny Leipziger Birdsall and Easterly

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