Millennium Development Goals

Innovating for Impact

Fourteen years ago, 189 nations made a promise to free people across the developing world from extreme poverty, and to extend hope and opportunity to millions. This pledge evolved into an ambition to reach eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Developing countries have achieved remarkable progress towards meeting these goals so far.

Here are a few examples:

These momentous achievements are a result of the international community – countries, civil society, private sector and more – working together. With fifteen months to go before the MDGs end, MDG Countdown 2014 is being co-hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) at the 69th UN General Assembly to showcase the continued commitment of USAID and DFID to the MDGs and the game-changing role innovation plays in reaching them. MDG Countdown 2014 will explore the “new model of development” that is delivering meaningful results in a cost-effective way and accelerating progress towards the MDGs now. It will further look into the post-MDG future, where science, technology, innovation and new partnerships will continue to be central to development effectiveness.

Case studies of successful development using innovative approaches can demonstrate exactly what the future of development looks like. A plenary session will cover four of these in detail [PDF]. These and others are listed under relevant MDGs, below.

Dispensing chlorine from Dispenser for Safe Water, Khasolo waterpoint, Kenya.
Dispensing chlorine from Dispenser for Safe Water, Khasolo waterpoint, Kenya.
Jonathan Kalan/Evidence Action

A mother in Eldama Ravine using clean energy to help her child with her homework.
A mother in Eldama Ravine using clean energy to help her child with her homework.
Georgina Goodwin and M-KOPA
Teacher in South Sudan using SMS to register attendance to government website.
Teacher in South Sudan using SMS to register attendance to government website.
Andreea Câmpeanu

In Gheghta Village, Poona cooks chapatis on a HomeStove under USB-powered light.
In Gheghta Village, Poona cooks chapatis on a HomeStove under USB-powered light.
Arley Smude (BioLite)


Millennium Development Goals

1. END EXTREME POVERTY AND HUNGER

2. ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION

3. PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY

4. REDUCE CHILD MORTALITY

5. IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH

6. COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES

7. ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

8. DEVELOP A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT

Last updated: September 22, 2014

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