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MDGs Debate: Whose Millennium Development Goals

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Development Goals (MDGs). As
discussions for the post 2015
Development agenda gain
momentum, Pascal Kwesiga looks at
the status of Uganda on achievement of each of the eight MDGs, what
Ugandans know about the MDGs and what different sections of Uganda’s
think are their own development goals.

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The Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) are eight International
Development goals established after the
UN Millennium Summit in 2000. The UN
member countries adopted the goals in
the UN Millennium Declaration and
committed themselves to achieving
them by 2015. The MDGs include;
1. To eradicate extreme poverty and

hunger

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2. To achieve universal primary education
3. To promote gender equality and empower women

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5. To improve maternal health

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6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7. To ensure environmental sustainability
8. To develop a global partnership for development
Each goal has specific targets and dates for achieving those targets. It
should be noted that efforts have been made by countries including
Uganda to have these goals achieved.

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But as the 2015 deadline for MDGs gets closer, countries are making last
minute efforts to try to achieve the goals. It’s therefore against this
background that I found it relevant to examine Uganda’s performance and
engage development experts about the suitable post 2015 development
framework.
Here is a graphical presentation of the MDGs and an analysis of Uganda’s
performance. Click on the tabs below to see how Uganda performed on
the different aspects of each of the MDGs.

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STATUS OF PROGRESS: ACHIEVED

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1999

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Proportion of
population below
national poverty line
(poverty headcount)

56.4%

33.8%

39.0%

Poverty gap ratio

20.3

10.0

11.9

Share of poorest
quintile in total
household
consumption

6.9%

6.7%

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BUT WHAT DO ORDINARY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT MDGs?
While the statics from the UN show a mix of achievements on some

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targets and a struggle on some for Uganda, there has been concern that

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many Ugandans do not know or care about MDGs or take them to be their

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included in the MDGs?) and experts weighing in on the relevance of MDGs
for Uganda and the key development issues that government should tackle
in the post 2015 development agenda.

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