An editorial in today's issue of Nature takes aim at the development establishment - and fires. "The political commitment to helping the developing world is failing to deliver on its promises," according to Millennium Development Holes (subscription required). "The problem is made worse by the questionable evaluation of progress."
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Three Cheers for John Edwards: First Global Poverty Proposal of the '08 Presidential Campaigns. Who's Next?
John Edwards released the first global poverty proposal of the '08 presidential campaigns yesterday. In "Restoring America's Moral Leadership by Fighting Worldwide Poverty", Edwards' campaign says:
The Copenhagen Consensus Project recently asked a group of 24 UN ambassadors and other diplomats to prioritize a list of 40 global development interventions. The US was there. Their interesting report places heath and sanitation on top, with education and hunger somewhat lower. Trade, financial, and environmental policies received lowest priority, due in part to political infeasibility.
This note links the relevance of debt relief to one of the great challenges of our time: achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).