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Global Development Goals: If At All, Why, When and How?

October 23, 2015

We raise some basic conceptual questions regarding global development goals: Why have them at all? What function, if any, might they serve, and under what conditions could they do so successfully?

Despite these failings, higher-level goals may play a useful role if the practical approach to them is embedded in a holistic and integrated vision of a better world. Focusing on goals rather than targets opens needed space for flexibility, innovation, and fuller democratic accountability.

Authors: Sanjay G. Reddy, Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven
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