Partner: NCCR North-South, Switzerland
The captioned study has been commissioned by the University of Zurich under the National Center for Competence Research Program. The theme of the study is to generate an informed debate on the perceived framework of MDGs between developing and developed countries. SDPI research will be contributing to this debate in the context of the terms of taking country’s position on the MDGs especially goal.
Development cooperation between northern donors and southern/eastern states is characterized by a variety of approaches, interests, varying degrees of stakeholder involvement, differences in priority setting, and modalities of engagement. Still, these variations are underpinned by a surprisingly similar perception of the causes of underdevelopment and the interventions required overcome it. Indeed, development in its present guise is based on an understanding of, and guided by, ontology of “inclusive liberalism” which differs slightly from the neo-liberal and Washington Consensus paradigms of the 1980s. The core ontology of inclusive liberalism, though, continues to be based on a market-growth paradigm, reflecting, in political economic terms, a ‘capitalist’ imagination of a ‘developed society’. The formation of this mainstream has been supported by recent trends towards ‘donor harmonisation’, including procedures such as ‘Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers’. Its core marker, though, are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and we concentrate on MDG Nr. 1 (halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day). Enormous efforts are undertaken to implement these goals.
- To provide an overview on the positions, dimensions and challenges of the emerging debate;
- To define core dimensions that emerge in this debate (e.g. the role of the state; of private companies, civic and social movements, the nature of underlying societal visions; etc.);
- To critically assess these core dimensions based on the knowledge base available with NCCR North-South and beyond
- Based on these assessments to take position and to outline elements of a progressive and transparent poverty-oriented development agenda beyond the MDGs.