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Equity and the MDGs: Closing gaps to accelerate progress

Time (GMT +01) 12:00 13:30


Richard Morgan - Director of Policy and Practice, UNICEF

Patrick Watt - Director of Development Policy, Save the Children

Claire Melamed - Head of Growth and Equity Programme, ODI


Bella Bird - Head of Governance and Social Development Group,DFID


Larry Elliott - Economics Editor, The Guardian


Five years from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline, there is growing debate on how to accel­erate progress in human development – particularly around the 2010 MDG review proc­ess.  Will promoting equity in human development by reducing the gap between the haves and the have-nots accelerate progress towards the MDGs?  This ODI public event will discuss how the impacts of rising inequality are felt across society. When one part of a society is excluded from development processes, as seen in the widen­ing disparities of recent years, sustained improvements across the economic, social and political spectrum is undermined – thus hindering progress on the MDGs.  Addressing inequities will promote progress on the MDGs.

A panel of ODI, Save the Children and UNICEF researchers centred discussion around three questions:

  • Why care about equity for progress towards the MDGs?
  • Has progress on the MDGs been equitable? Examining specific MDG indicators.
  • What concrete policy recommendations have enabled equitable progress towards the MDGs?