Blog Entry, Development Progress, Side facilitated by ODI
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had one key function that has often been overlooked: they mobilised development aid at a time of growing scepticism about its impact, justifying an increase in the volume of aid over many years.
The success or failure of the post-2015 development agenda will also be measured by whether it can, once again, generate momentum on a scale that is reflected in the budgets to finance sustainable development. The question is, should this still be the priority, as it was in 2000?
On the one hand, answering ‘yes’ to this question seems to be right – clearly it is important to ensure enough financial resources for countries to implement a future development agenda. On the other hand, however, this assumption is problematic, given the upheavals in development policy.