Beyond the Millennium Development Goals

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What do people from around the world say should happen after the U.N. Millennium Development Goal deadline in 2015?
What do people from around the world say should happen after the U.N.
Millennium Development Goal deadline in 2015?

ChildFund works in some of the world's poorest countries to provide aid to children in need and their families. A major part of our work is empowering communities to tackle their most urgent problems, and to do this we frequently consult with our local partners and community members to determine what they need most. With the 2015 deadline for the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals approaching, the U.N. has entered into a global conversation, asking people of all nationalities and ages what families living in poverty will need after 2015.

Asking the Difficult Questions

Earlier this year, a United Nations panel led by British Prime Minister David Cameron published a series of recommendations for action that needs to be taken when the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals passes. Based on these communiqués, a series of research teams set out to learn what families living in some of the world's poorest countries want to happen at the conclusion of the MDG project.

Surveyors polled families affected by poverty in many countries, including Brazil, Egypt, India and Uganda. Although the responses varied by country, many actions families believe should be taken tie into the aims of the various Millennium Development Goals. For example, people in Egypt want the government and humanitarian organizations to focus on self-sufficiency, a concept integral to many of ChildFund's projects. In India, equality was a primary concern.

Big Picture, Big Difference

Although the surveys were on a smaller scale that is not necessarily representative of the participating countries as a whole, the results indicate that families living in poverty have a variety of concerns, with job opportunities, education, health care and food security at the top of the list. Poverty is a complex problem with many underlying causes, and a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works. If we are to fight child poverty, promote equality and provide access to health care, education and other essentials, we have to address the problems of individual areas in ways that work for community members.

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