What we measure and how we measure it is closely linked with the way we define and interpret development. A major strength of the current MDGs is their conciseness – with time-bound quantitative targets and measurable indicators. At the same time, the MDGs have been criticized for being too simplistic, neglecting social dimensions and inequalities in terms of gender, age, ethnicity and other variables.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports from 1995 to 2004. She is currently involved in a major research project on the MDGs, called “The Power of Numbers.”

Powerpoint presentation to go with the podcast can be found here: bit.ly/18NS5KA

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