Subir Gokarn: Half-full, half-empty

India's mixed record on the Millennium Development Goals is a pointer to policy priorities

Subir Gokarn

In 2000, the United Nations held a Millennium Summit, at which the membership adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Spanning a range of development indicators - poverty, gender, health, education and the environment - the MDGs essentially established a set of targets for the global community to achieve by 2015. The framework sets eight broad goals in relation to these domains. In its latest version, these are quantified in terms of 21 targets, which, in turn, are represented by 60 indicators. As we approach that deadline, governments and development agencies are in stocktaking ...