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:
- Mortality rates among children under 5 years of age fell globally by 41% between 1990 - 2011.
- Primary school enrollment has increased from 59% to 77% in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade.
- Malaria deaths fell over 20% worldwide in last decade.
- At the end of 2010, 89% of the world's population, 6.1 billion people, used improved drinking water sources.
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.
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 23, 2014