India’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals – Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

In the year 2000, 189 member nations of the UN took a pledge to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge became the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. In 2012, Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General released a report on the MDGs target which stated that the three targets of poverty, slums and water had been achieved. Meeting the remaining goals is a challenge and requires the continued commitment of the government.

With just 21 months left for the MDG deadline, India’s progress has been average.

MDG1 – Poverty – It is on track in reducing the number of people below the poverty line but when it comes to reducing the number of people who suffer from hunger India are off track and slow.

MDG2- Universal Education – India is on track to achieve the universal education target and also reducing the gender disparity in primary and secondary education.

MDG4 & 5 – IMR and MMR – The nation’s progress is slow when it comes to reducing by two thirds the child mortality rate and reducing by three quarters the maternal mortality rate.

MDG6 – HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases – India is on track to achieve the HIV AIDS targets but the progress is slow when it comes to Malaria and other diseases.

MDG7 – Environment Sustainability – India’s progress is slow in relation to reducing the number of people having access to sanitation facilities and safe drinking water. India is on track in integrating sustainable development in its development policies and programmes and reversing the loss of environmental resources.

The focus for India needs to be on working on malnutrition, child survival, maternal survival and access to sanitation. It seems India won’t be able to achieve these target in the stipulated time. This doesn’t imply that India becomes complacent, rather it needs to direct more efforts towards achieving the remaining targets. Various researchers have highlighted the importance of countries planning for the post-2015 agenda which should include the targets that will be missed and include new targets that they plan to achieve. Specific to India, work needs to focus on agriculture, natural resource management, development planning and governance, since it has restricted all the work towards the economic upliftment especially manufacturing and service sectors.

Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. a research based organization that has been working in the social development sector recommends the government and CSR organizations to focus on building the capacities of the people to achieve their rights and entitlements without being dependent on others. Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. believes that the agriculture sector should focus on implementing bio-diversity cropping patterns in place of industrial cultivation. Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. works with civil society organizations and corporate entities to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship development which is need of the hour. Working on all these aspects shall help the nation perform better in the social development indicators.

India's progress on the Millennium Development Goals

India’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals

Rahul Choudhury

Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd

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13 thoughts on “India’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals – Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

  1. sonu says:

    Little bit of progress is far better than no progress, but at this situation India could not achieve the targets of MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS. In the post-2015 agenda we may achieve them as CSR implementation is expected to boost the development work in India.
    Both government and Corporations will work together to achieve these targets in the coming years. Lets hope for the best.

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  2. Sustainability challenges present in front of the nation are much more complex than setting up targets. Development going hand in hand with sustainability is the new Indian dream. How we achieve it, still is a dream…

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  3. India could have done much better in achieving MDGs if the government
    as policy making body and officials as implementing agency had serious
    concern, commitment, good governance, transparency and accountability.
    Government in its unwarranted enthusiasm to achieve double digit
    growth has completely neglected to accord high priority for MDGs.
    China has done much better in this area.

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  4. Pankaj says:

    MDGs and related targets provide framework for progress in human development but because of the improper implementation and poor monitoring india may not be able to fully acheive the MDGs.

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  5. Sreevidhya says:

    Activities listed in schedule of CSR mandate in the companies act is one of the way to achieve some percentage of the MDG’s

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  6. Anupriya Sinha says:

    The basic idea behind setting MDG’s is that every individual should live with dignity by providing them a basic standard of living through education , gender equality.

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  7. kapil Dharmani says:

    MDGs emphasize the role of developed countries in aiding developing countries, as outlined in Goal Eight, which sets objectives and targets for developed countries to achieve a “global partnership for development” by supporting fair trade, debt relief, increasing aid, access to affordable essential medicines and encouraging technology transfer. Thus developing nations ostensibly became partners with developed nations in the struggle to reduce world poverty.

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  8. Ankita Dash says:

    I couldn’t agree more. MDGs could be understood as the collective aspiration of humanity. The Companies Act that validates CSR in India is a unique attempt to allow private companies to complement government’s efforts in achieving MDGs. It is an opportunity for the private players to achieve self sustenance along with sustainability of the society and environment. In this way CSR could be instrumental in fulfilling MDGs along with sustainability.

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  9. Anand Kumar says:

    According the MDG India Country Report 2011, Net enrolment ratio (NER) 2 in primary education the country has already crossed by 2008 – 09, the 95% cut – off line regarded as the marker value for achieving 2015 target of universal primary education for all children aged 6 – 10 years so its huge accomplishment to make #education compulsory for all.

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  10. shilpa jain says:

    Out of all the 8 universal goals about six goals relate to children directly, Children are most vulnerable when people lack essentials like food, water, sanitation and health care. This makes them as the major focal population to attain attention as they are the first to die when basic needs are not meet.

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