Development and Faith: Where Mind, Heart, and Soul Work Together

Development and Faith: Where Mind, Heart, and Soul Work Together

Development and Faith: Where Mind, Heart, and Soul Work Together

Development and Faith: Where Mind, Heart, and Soul Work Together

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The Millennium Development Goals play several central roles in global affairs. First and perhaps most important, they represent a covenant binding all nations in a clearly stated moral imperative and commitment to fighting poverty.

Second, the MDGs set priorities for action. Third, they establish a framework for accountability by defining measurable targets and setting deadlines for meeting them. Fourth, they address the cost of achieving the goals—and thus provide additional markers for assessing progress.

Finally, the MDGs imply an allocation of responsibilities—above all, between richer and poorer countries, but also, in various iterations and refinements of the framework, between national and global communities. Overall, the MDGs define an architecture for socioeconomic development, and demand a heroic, multifaceted, global partnership to respond to the challenges.

So what prompted the MDGs—today a touchstone in development circles, posted on bulletin boards in many institutions and the subject of numerous speeches and conferences? In September 2000, the Millennium Summit of world political leaders made poverty a global priority, and the summit's prophetic Millennium Declaration committed nations to taking significant steps to address that priority:

We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and
children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme
poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently . . .

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