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Necessary but not sufficient : accelerating progress and looking beyond the MDGs

Gagnon, Jean-Paul (2009) Necessary but not sufficient : accelerating progress and looking beyond the MDGs. In Proceedings of the MDG Conference 2009, La Trobe University, School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

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Abstract

The MDG deadline is fast approaching and the climate within the United Nations remains positive but skeptical. A common feeling is that a great deal of work and headway has been made, but the MDG goals will not be achieved in full by 2015. The largest problem facing the success of the MDGs is, and unless mitigated may remain, mismanaged governance. This argument is confirmed by a strong line of publications stemming from the United Nations and targeting methods (depending on a region or country context) such as improving governance via combating corruption, instituting accountability, peace and stability, as well as transparency. Furthermore, a logical assessment of the framework which MDGs operate in (i.e. international pressure and local civil socio-economic and/or political initiatives pushing governments to progress with MDGs) identifies the State's governing apparatus as the key to the success of MDGs. It is argued that a new analytic framework and grounded theory of democracy (the Element of Democracy) is needed in order to improve governance and enhance democracy. By looking beyond the confines of the MDGs and focusing on properly rectifying poor governance, the progress of MDGs can be accelerated as societies and their governments will be - at minimum - held more accountable to the success of programs in their respective countries. The paper demonstrates the logic of this argument - especially highlighting a new way of viewing democracy - and certain early practices which can accelerate MDGs in the short to medium term.

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ID Code: 31140
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: MDG, Millennium Development Goals, International Relations, Democracy, Definition of Democracy, Political Theory, Political Science
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > International Relations (160607)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT International College
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Jean-Paul Gagnon
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2010 15:44
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2010 00:23

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