Shape the future

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  • This is the graph that tells the

    sorry tale.

    Only Four MDGs achieved.

    And no prospect of completing them

    until 2022!!!

    And much much worse in Africa.

  • 1. Having specific targets and

    deadlines meant that

    countries could be held to


    2. They were easy for everyone

    to understand

    3. They brought attention to

    the many people who still live

    in abject poverty

    (The Economist)

    4. Without the MDGs there

    would have not been the same


    5. The rate of progress in

    reducing poverty and

    improving essential services

    has been unparalleled

    (Overseas Development Institute)

    6. 15 years after they were

    made up, they are still

    headline news all over the

    world. That has to be good.

    1. The MDGs have increased

    inequalities within countries;

    they miss out the poorest.

    ( Paul Collier

    says in The Bottom Billion

    that we are failing the

    bottom billion.

    2. The MDGs were unfair to

    Africa; their successes were

    made to look like failures.

    (William Easterly, NYU 2008)

    3. The MDGs should include

    human rights laws, so that

    governments can be held to


    (Amnesty International)

    4. Giving aid directly to corrupt

    governments is wasteful.

    5. They did not tackle the root

    causes of poverty, such as

    unfair trade, debt

    repayments and conflict.

  • Star diagram Showing how MDG2 helps to solve all the other MDGs

  • Fragile states account for one-fifth

    of the population of Developing

    Countries, but half of all the children

    not in primary school and half the

    children who die before their 5th

    birthday (DFID)

    Conflict prevention is at the heart

    of UK work to support

    development (DFID)


    BEFORE conflict


    AFTER conflict

    Sierra Leone


    DR Congo













    Of the 34 countries furthest from

    reaching the Millennium

    Development Goals, 22 are in the

    midst of or emerging from

    violent conflict. (DFID, 2010)

    Conflict causes:

    Many deaths, even after the

    war has ended (eg landmines)

    Huge loss of money, on

    average $64 billion per year

    Disease, which kills more

    people than weapons, and

    affects other countries

    Lack of food and starvation

    Refugees, which affect

    countries nearby

    Fewer people working on

    farms and in factories

    Acute poverty, even after the


    Terrorism, which affects other


    One million orphans in the last

    10 years

    Less aid to be given to the


    Conflict is often about inequality; download

    this app to learn about peace and justice in

    community. Effect community development

    can put an end to violence

    Conflict is often about inequality; download

    this app to learn about peace and justice in

    community. Effect community development

    can put an end to violence.

  • Africa does not need charity Africa needs

    investment and partnership (Ban Ki-Moon, UN



    Africa has 2 of the top 3 fastest growing economies in the world.

    The number of middle-class Africans has tripled over the last 30


    Guinea Worm is a nasty disease but it is now almost eradicated.

    This partnership specialises in

    investment, not aid. Already, 1.3

    million Malawians have benefitted.

    Schools as Partners

    Eg Hutchesons Grammar School and N.S.A.M. High School,

    Nitte, India

    Communities as Partners

    Eg Fintry and Sambel Kunda, The Gambia.