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Powerpoint presentation to go with the podcast can be found here: http://bit.ly/104xxqI
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.
Mariama Williams, is Senior research fellow with the South Centre, an intergovernmental organization of developing countries. She presently works on climate change and the post-2015 agenda in particular.