Hany Besada edited the book “Did the Millennium Development Goals work?”

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book cover: Did the Millennium Development Goals work?

Senior Fellow Hany Besada, alongside  Leah McMillan Polonenko and Manmohan Agarwal published Did the Millennium Development Goals  work?: Meeting future challenges with past lessons, distributed by Policy Press.


With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) behind us, this book asks did they work? And what happens next? Arguing that to effectively look forward, we must first look back, the editors of this insightful book gather leading scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and regions to provide an in-depth exploration of the MDG project and its impact.

Contributors use region-specific case studies to explore the effectiveness of the MDGs in addressing the root causes of poverty, including resource geographies, early childhood development and education, women’s rights and disability rights as well as the impact of the global financial crisis and Arab Spring on MDG attainment.

Providing a critical assessment that seeks to inform future policy decisions, the book will be valuable to those working in the development community as well as to academics and students of international development, international relations and development economics.


Hany Besada is Deputy Executive Director, Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) and Research Professor at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University. He is also Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow with the UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, United Nations, and a Senior Fellow with the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. 

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