How many countries are on track to achieve the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015? How many countries are off target,
and how far are they from the goals? And what factors are essential for
improving the odds that off-target countries can reach the goals? This
year’s Global Monitoring Report: Improving the Odds of
Achieving the MDGs, examines these questions. It takes a closer
look at the diversity of country progress, presents the challenges that
remain, and assesses the role of growth, policy reforms, trade, and
donor policies in meeting the MDGs.
Two-thirds of developing countries are on target or close to being
on target for all the MDGs. Among developing countries that are falling
short, half are close to getting on track. For those countries that are
on track, or close to it, solid economic growth and good policies and
institutions have been the key factors in their success. With improved
policies and faster growth, many countries that are close to becoming
on track could still achieve the targets in 2015 or soon after.
Yet challenges abound. Even the middle-income countries on track to
achieve the MDGs are home to indigenous and socially excluded groups
that are still very poor and often well behind in reaching the goals.
Moreover, progress could stall without stronger global growth, expanded
access to export markets for developing countries, and adequate
assistance from donors.
This year’s report also presents findings and lessons from
impact evaluations in health and education to better understand results
on the ground. Such evaluations often show that the quantity of
services devoted to health and education has increased—but not
the quality. This may be one reason that progress toward those MDGs
measured by outcomes (as in health) is slower than it is for those MDGs
measured by access (as in education). Enhancing the efficiency,
incentives, and accountability in service delivery is essential to
Global Monitoring Report 2011 is prepared jointly by the
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It reviews progress
toward the MDGs and sets out priorities for policy responses, both for
developing countries and for the international community.
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