Lessons from 15+ years of practice in development

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) website is ripe with information which spans from theory to actual project work, all over the globe. It is fascinating, both in terms of real world experiences and in allowing us a glimpse of just how resource demanding “development” is. 

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The link is to a document “From the MDGs to Sustainable Development for All” which ellaborates on the lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era as stepping stone and springboard to the new generation of Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It illustrates the enormity of what was achieved by focused minds and hearts. It also identifies recommended actions for accelerating implementation. It is both what we do and how we do itthat shall make a difference. This is the decade for action: we need to do better, faster and at a larger scale. 

We have been talking about how outcomes should not be the drivers/ sole measures of achievement or success. That may be the case … yet, with so many millions of millions of millions having been channeled into development programs in so many ways and forms, should outcomes (qualitative and quantitative) not be made explicit and monitored?