Against the MDGs for Africa

Alan Beattie has an FT column summarizing what has been said before: the MDGs are bad benchmarks that won’t be met.

– Targets set in 2000 based on a 1990 baseline punish poor performance prior their establishment.
– The expected rate of progress defies previous development experience.
– They facilitate inappropriate cross-country comparisons.
– They are political measures, not economic or development assessments.