MDGs - Focus on equity, not just poverty
The summit on the Millennium Development Goals last week at the UN highlighted that the indicators are mixed bag of failure and success...even with 5 years to go. Failure because they tend, among other things, to measure national progress which can mask within country inequalities and few countries in the global south have systems in place to report on the measures. Yet, the mere existence of the MDGs provides a space for discourse about development and ways to make the world more equal...even if the measures alone, if reached, won't get us there. A new blog on the Guardian's web site is one of the best I've seen on these issues. Madeleine Bunting, a contributor to the Guardian, has an especially interesting post on why equality, not just measures of development "progress," are not a major priority of the UN, but should be.