NGO Another Way (Stichting Bakens Verzet), 1018 AM
Edition 05: 13 August, 2010.
Edition 12 : 22 October, 2013.
Study value : 04 points out of 18.
Indicative study time: 112 hours out of 504.
Study points are awarded only after the consolidated exam for Section A : Development Problems has been passed.
Study points : 02 points out of 18
Expected work required: 55 hours out of 504
The two study points will be finally awarded on successful completion of the consolidated exam for Section A : Development problems.
Section 1. Analysis of the Millennium Goals. [22 hours]
Second block : Exam. [ 4 hours each attempt]
Consolidated exam for Section A : Development problems (for passage to Section B of the course : [ 6 hours each attempt].
Section 1. Analysis of the Millennium Goals. [22 hours]
01. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. (At least 3 hours)
Summary of goal 1 : Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
The Millennium Project, commissioned by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has produced a report called A practical plan to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – 2002-2006. With effect from 1 January 2007 reporting on the Millennium Development Goals was taken over by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which brings out annual reports on progress made in achieving the Development Goals. The most recent report at the time this course was written was the Millennium Development Goals Report 2008. The most recent report published is The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010. Analysis of these documents is included in parts Goals 1-4 and Goals 5-8 in Section 8 of Block 5.
Paragraphs 7-13 of the Plan of Implementation of the Millennium Goals cover change in consumption patterns and unsustainable production.
7. Eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, particularly for developing countries. Although each country has the primary responsibility for its own sustainable development and poverty eradication and the role of national policies and development strategies cannot be overemphasized, concerted and concrete measures are required at all levels to enable developing countries to achieve their sustainable development goals as related to the internationally agreed poverty-related targets and goals, including those contained in Agenda 21, the relevant outcomes of other United Nations conferences and the United Nations Millennium Declaration. This would include actions at all levels to:
(a) Halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of the world's people whose income is less than 1 dollar a day and the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and, by the same date, to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water;
(b) Establish a world solidarity fund to eradicate poverty and to promote social and human development in the developing countries pursuant to modalities to be determined by the General Assembly, while stressing the voluntary nature of the contributions and the need to avoid duplication of existing United Nations funds, and encouraging the role of the private sector and individual citizens relative to Governments in funding the endeavours;
(c) Develop national programmes for sustainable development and local and community development, where appropriate within country-owned poverty reduction strategies, to promote the empowerment of people living in poverty and their organizations. These programmes should reflect their priorities and enable them to increase access to productive resources, public services and institutions, in particular land, water, employment opportunities, credit, education and health;
(d) Promote women's equal access to and full participation in, on the basis of equality with men, decision-making at all levels, mainstreaming gender perspectives in all policies and strategies, eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination against women and improving the status, health and economic welfare of women and girls through full and equal access to economic opportunity, land, credit, education and health-care services;
(e) Develop policies and ways and means to improve access by indigenous people and their communities to economic activities and increase their employment through, where appropriate, measures such as training, technical assistance and credit facilities. Recognize that traditional and direct dependence on renewable resources and ecosystems, including sustainable harvesting, continues to be essential to the cultural, economic and physical well-being of indigenous people and their communities;
(f) Deliver basic health services for all and reduce environmental health threats, taking into account the special needs of children and the linkages between poverty, health and environment, with provision of financial resources, technical assistance and knowledge transfer to developing countries and countries with economies in transition;
(g) Ensure that children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling and will have equal access to all levels of education;
(h) Provide access to agricultural resources for people living in poverty, especially women and indigenous communities, and promote, as appropriate, land tenure arrangements that recognize and protect indigenous and common property resource management systems;
(i) Build basic rural infrastructure, diversify the economy and improve transportation and access to markets, market information and credit for the rural poor to support sustainable agriculture and rural development;
(j) Transfer basic sustainable agricultural techniques and knowledge, including natural resource management, to small and medium-scale farmers, fishers and the rural poor, especially in developing countries, including through multi-stakeholder approaches and public-private partnerships aimed at increasing agriculture production and food security;
(k) Increase food availability and affordability, including through harvest and food technology and management, as well as equitable and efficient distribution systems, by promoting, for example, community-based partnerships linking urban and rural people and enterprises;
(l) Combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought and floods through measures such as improved use of climate and weather information and forecasts, early warning systems, land and natural resource management, agricultural practices and ecosystem conservation in order to reverse current trends and minimize degradation of land and water resources, including through the provision of adequate and predictable financial resources to implement the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa,
(m) Increase access to sanitation to improve human health and reduce infant and child mortality, prioritizing water and sanitation in national sustainable development strategies and poverty reduction strategies where they exist
8. The provision of clean drinking water and adequate sanitation is necessary to protect human health and the environment. In this respect, we agree to halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of people who are unable to reach or to afford safe drinking water (as outlined in the Millennium Declaration) and the proportion of people who do not have access to basic sanitation, which would include actions at all levels to:
(a) Develop and implement efficient household sanitation systems;
(b) Improve sanitation in public institutions, especially schools;
(c) Promote safe hygiene practices;
(d) Promote education and outreach focused on children, as agents of behavioural change;
(e) Promote affordable and socially and culturally acceptable technologies and practices;
(f) Develop innovative financing and partnership mechanisms;
(g) Integrate sanitation into water resources management strategies.
9. Take joint actions and improve efforts to work together at all levels to improve access to reliable and affordable energy services for sustainable development sufficient to facilitate the achievement of the Millennium development goals, including the goal of halving the proportion of people in poverty by 2015, and as a means to generate other important services that mitigate poverty, bearing in mind that access to energy facilitates the eradication of poverty. This would include actions at all levels to:
(a) Improve access to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services and resources, taking into account national specificities and circumstances, through various means, such as enhanced rural electrification and decentralized energy systems, increased use of renewables, cleaner liquid and gaseous fuels and enhanced energy efficiency, by intensifying regional and international cooperation in support of national efforts, including through capacity-building, financial and technological assistance and innovative financing mechanisms, including at the micro- and meso- levels, recognizing the specific factors for providing access to the poor;
(b) Improve access to modern biomass technologies and fuel wood sources and supplies and commercialize biomass operations, including the use of agricultural residues, in rural areas and where such practices are sustainable;
(c) Promote a sustainable use of biomass and, as appropriate, other renewable energies through improvement of current patterns of use, such as management of resources, more efficient use of fuel wood and new or improved products and technologies;
(d) Support the transition to the cleaner use of liquid and gaseous fossil fuels, where considered more environmentally sound, socially acceptable and cost-effective;
(e) Develop national energy policies and regulatory frameworks that will help to create the necessary economic, social and institutional conditions in the energy sector to improve access to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services for sustainable development and poverty eradication in rural, peri-urban and urban areas;
(f) Enhance international and regional cooperation to improve access to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services, as an integral part of poverty reduction programmes, by facilitating the creation of enabling environments and addressing capacity-building needs, with special attention to rural and isolated areas, as appropriate;
(g) Assist and facilitate on an accelerated basis, with the financial and technical assistance of developed countries, including through public-private partnerships, the access of the poor to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services, taking into account the instrumental role of developing national policies on energy for sustainable development, bearing in mind that in developing countries sharp increases in energy services are required to improve the standards of living of their populations and that energy services have positive impacts on poverty eradication and improve standards of living.
10. Strengthen the contribution of industrial development to poverty eradication and sustainable natural resource management. This would include actions at all levels to:
(a) Provide assistance and mobilize resources to enhance industrial productivity and competitiveness as well as industrial development in developing countries, including the transfer of environmentally sound technologies on preferential terms, as mutually agreed;
(b) Provide assistance to increase income-generating employment opportunities, taking into account the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work of the International Labour Organization;
(c) Promote the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, including by means of training, education and skill enhancement, with a special focus on agro-industry as a provider of livelihoods for rural communities;
(d) Provide financial and technological support, as appropriate, to rural communities of developing countries to enable them to benefit from safe and sustainable livelihood opportunities in small-scale mining ventures;
(e) Provide support to developing countries for the development of safe low-cost technologies that provide or conserve fuel for cooking and water heating;
(f) Provide support for natural resource management for creating sustainable livelihoods for the poor.
11. By 2020, achieve a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, as proposed in the “Cities without slums" initiative. This would include actions at all levels to:
(a) Improve access to land and property, to adequate shelter and to basic services for the urban and rural poor, with special attention to female heads of household;
(b) Use low-cost and sustainable materials and appropriate technologies for the construction of adequate and secure housing for the poor, with financial and technological assistance to developing countries, taking into account their culture, climate, specific social conditions and vulnerability to natural disasters;
(c) Increase decent employment, credit and income for the urban poor, through appropriate national policies, promoting equal opportunities for women and men;
(d) Remove unnecessary regulatory and other obstacles for microenterprises and the informal sector;
(e) Support local authorities in elaborating slum upgrading programmes within the framework of urban development plans and facilitate access, particularly for the poor, to information on housing legislation.
12. Take immediate and effective measures to eliminate the worst forms of child labour as defined in International Labour Organization Convention No. 182, and elaborate and implement strategies for the elimination of child labour that is contrary to accepted international standards.
13. Promote international cooperation to assist developing countries, upon request, in addressing child labour and its root causes, inter alia, through social and economic policies aimed at poverty conditions, while stressing that labour standards should not be used for protectionist trade purposes.’’
report Making the MDGs Work for All,
Corner L. , United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) ,
Pages 15-44 of the report refer to Millennium Goal 1.
“Poverty and hunger not only have a greater impact on women, they are also among the principal—though not the only—causes of inequality, including gender inequality, and lack of empowerment, including lack of empowerment for women and girls.”(p.15)
“If poverty and
hunger are to be eradicated, a range of gender and rights issues need to be
addressed, both in relation to poverty and hunger in general, and in relation
Make a three-page summary of the 11 factors cited by Mrs Corner for this purpose. (pp 16-27 of the report).
Take another look at pages 16-19 of the report.
What are the features of a pro-poor policy ? Make two columns on one page. In the first column write the necessary pro-poor actions. In the second column write the equivalent traditional development strategies.
Read pages 19-21.
«Most of women’s contribution to the economy, especially in developing countries, takes place through the unpaid care economy. » (Page 19)
Poverty is multi-dimensional.
“From a rights perspective, poverty consists of failure to achieve and/or utilize a range of basic capabilities. In addition to adequate nutrition, these include the capability to avoid preventable and premature mortality; have adequate shelter; have a basic education; have personal security and equitable access to justice; and be able to appear in public without shame, earn a livelihood and take part in community life.” (Page 21)
On one page describe why this list is different from the one in Section Some factors related to poverty in Section 1 of Block 1 of the course.
“Halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of the world’s population whose income is less the US $1 a day and the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and. By the same date, to halve the proportion of people without safe access to safe drinking water. ” The benchmark income was subsequently increased to US$ 1.25 per day.
“Measuring extreme poverty by the $1.25 per-day threshold is simplistic and misleading. The indicator has rendered extreme poverty in developed countries invisible. It has not been eradicated and has worsened after the 2009 economic and financial crisis. ….One of the weaknesses of the MDG framework has been its blindness to the issue of inequality and to the most marginalized members of societies. Its focus on aggregate figures and overall progress failed to account for growing social and economic disparities and incentivized States to prioritize aggregate progress and the ‘low-hanging fruit’ rather than giving special attention to the most vulnerable groups.” (Coyne, B. et al (ed.), Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No-one Behind : The Challenge of the Post-2015 Agenda, Working Paper, International ATD Fourth World Movement, New York, Pierrelaye and Geneva, June 2013, p. 10.)
students may be interested in reading D. Woodward’s report How poor is “poor” ?
(New Economics Foundation,
For an opinion on the achievement of the poverty reduction goal see King, R., What’s up (or down) with global hunger, ? Guest post, From Power to Poverty, Duncan Green’s blog, Oxfam GB, 16 October, 2012.) Even without taking the effects of food price increases in recent years and the accuracy of the official figures used into account, both numbers and the prevalence of undernourished are too high in all regions with respect to the goals. In sub-Saharan Africa the situation has worsened.
“Between 2004 and
2013 food prices [in
All food items together : 157%
All vegetables together : 350%
All fruits together : 95%
Rice : 137%
Wheat : 117%
Potato : 185%
Onion : 521%
Tomato : 139%
Cabbage : 714%
Milk : 119%
Eggs : 124%
Sugar : 106%
Salt : 85%.
In any case, “It is clear that the persistence of higher
and more volatile food prices has increased the number of households that are
not eating enough nor able to meet other basic needs such as education, shelter
and healthcare. But the FAO's State of
In paragraph 20 of his report A/68/183 dated 24 July 2013 to the General Assembly of the United Nations the Secretary-General stated :
Income inequality has increased in the majority of countries over the past 30
years. About two thirds of the countries for which data were available
experienced an increase in income inequality between 1990 and 2005, despite
globally robust economic growth. Similarly, the income gap between the
wealthiest and the poorest 10 per cent of income earners increased in 70 per
cent of the countries. There were large differences in mean income across
countries, which accounted for two thirds of global income inequality. Global
wealth was highly concentrated, as the richest 1 per cent of the world’s
population owned 40 per cent of global assets, while the bottom half held just
1 per cent.” (United Nations,
As the Secretary-General had just pointed out in the preceding paragraph 19 : “growing inequality jeopardizes progress towards poverty eradication and social stability. Situations where the poor are excluded from economic growth, or trapped in low-productivity jobs, result in the gains from growth going disproportionately to those already better off. ”
Paragraph 20 of the Secretary General’s report refers to the period to 2005. The above-referenced works indicate the situation of the world’s poor has worsened since then.
It is doubtful
whether claimed progress to halving the share of the world’s population living
off an income of less the US$ 1,25 per
day has much to do with the MDG’s anyway. As even the conservative weekly The
Economist puts it : “It is not clear how much the pledge itself caused the fall
in poverty—arguably not much, since
“Poor numbers give
room to both politicians and donors that want to negotiate numbers upwards or
downwards…..there are serious gaps in the data that should make us far more
cautious in asserting that the current episode of growth is ‘inclusive’. As
indicated, some of this very high growth [in Africa] is driven by upward
revisions, at the same time, a lack of data on poverty in many of the big
countries (Nigeria, Sudan, Angola, DRC), as well as missing data from the
poorer countries on the continent means that better data would probably paint a
more sobering picture than the current very optimistic narratives.” (M. Jerven,
Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics, Independent Science News,
Make a two-page analysis. On the first page, on one side give reasons justifying the choice of 50% ; on the other explain why that choice could be considered absurd. On the second page, bearing your studies on monetisation in mind, on one side give reasons justifying the choice of US $1 a day; on the other explain why that choice could be considered absurd.
“(f) Deliver basic health services for all and reduce environmental health threats, taking into account the special needs of children and the linkages between poverty, health and environment, with provision of financial resources, technical assistance and knowledge transfer to developing countries and countries with economies in transition;”
Make a two-page analysis explaining who should supply the services, the financial resources, the technical assistance and the technology transfer referred to. On the first page you are an operator in an industrialised country. On the second page you are the inhabitant of a rural area in a developing country.
Paragraph 9 e) of Plan of Implementation of the Millennium Goals relates to energy. It provides:
“(e) Develop national energy policies and regulatory frameworks that will help to create the necessary economic, social and institutional conditions in the energy sector to improve access to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services for sustainable development and poverty eradication in rural, peri-urban and urban areas;”
See also the references in section
Make a two-page analysis explaining who should supply the energy services. On the first page you are an operator in an industrialised country. On the second page you are the inhabitant of a rural area in a developing country.
◄ Second block : Problems to be solved.