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MDG progress: diverse, hopeful

Delfin Go's picture

When I started looking at the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over a year ago, one puzzle befuddled me greatly: Why has the overall progress toward the MDGs been so mixed when the common observation is that the economic performance of developing countries has been markedly better for over a dozen years since the mid-1990s?

Until the recent economic crisis, the external environment has been favorable—trade was expanding, export prices were buoyant, and foreign aid and debt relief were being scaled up.