Dear Shanta, That is an interesting post. I would like to learn more about your thoughts on the importance of foreign aid and employment policies in achieving the MDGs. Policies should also be implemented to make sure that once those targets have been achieved, they can be sustained. You also might be interested to know that the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) will be hosting an Academic Forum on the 12th and 13th of April in correlation to the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit to be held in Brasilia, Brazil on the 15th of April. I would like to invite you to participate and share you thoughts and inputs on the 'Ideas for Development blog' (http://www.ideas4development.org). An Academic Forum Hot site will also be launched shortly. The Forum will address, among other things, the role of cash transfers and employment programs/policies for economic development. And your knowledge on the issues of poverty and economic development will highly contribute to the discussion. Thanks.