Reducing Inequality – The Missing MDG: A Content Review of PRSPs and Bilateral Donor Policy Statements
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Although important gains have been made in reducing global poverty, the pace of progress across the world is not on track to achieve the 2015 MDG targets. Is this due to lack of ownership on the part of national governments and the international community? This article examines whether the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and donor policy statements are aligned with MDG priorities and targets. The analysis found a high degree of commitment to MDGs as a whole but both PRSPs and donor statements are selective, consistently emphasising income poverty and social investments for education, health and water but not other targets concerned with empowerment and inclusion of the most vulnerable such as gender violence or women's political representation. The article concludes that a new, ninth Goal needs to be added – to reduce inequality – to make the MDGs aligned to the original purpose of the Millennium Declaration.
CitationFukuda?Parr, S. (2010) Reducing Inequality – The Missing MDG: A Content Review of PRSPs and Bilateral Donor Policy Statements. IDS Bulletin 41(1): 26-35
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