Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals

A Critical Look Forward

Edited by Alberto Cimadamore, Gabriele Koehler, and Thomas Pogge


Brings together leading economists from both the global North and South to provide a much needed critique of the prevailing development agenda.

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pass their 2015 deadline and the international community begins to discuss the future of UN development policy, Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals brings together leading economists from both the global North and South to provide a much needed critique of the prevailing development agenda. By examining current development efforts, goals and policies, it exposes the structurally flawed and misleading measurements of poverty and hunger on which these efforts have been based, and which have led official sources to routinely underestimate the scale of world poverty even as the global distribution of wealth becomes ever more imbalanced.

Author Bio

Thomas Pogge is director of the Global Justice Program and Leitner professor of philosophy and international affairs at Yale University. He is well known in academic circles for his work on poverty statistics analysis and on ethics. 

Alberto Cimadamore is CROP scientific director, and professor of theory of international relations at the University of Buenos Aires and researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research of Argentina.

Gabriele Koehler is development economist, and a visiting fellow at UNRISD. 

Table of Contents

  • Part I: The Global Poverty Challenge
    • 1. Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals: A Critical Look Forward - Alberto D. Cimadamore, Gabriele Koehler and Thomas Pogge
    • 2. The MDGs and Poverty Reduction - Jomo Kwame Sundaram
    • 3. The View from Deprivation: Poverty, Inequality and the Distribution of Wealth - Deborah S. Rogers and Bálint Balázs 
  • Part II: Devising and Refining Development Goals
    • 4. The Quest for Sustainable Development: The Power and Perils of Global Development Goals - Maria Ivanova and Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy
    • 5. Going Beyond the Eradication of Extreme Poverty: Debating the Sustainable Development Goals in Brazil - Rômulo Paes-Sousa and Paulo de Martino Jannuzzi
    • 6. The MDGs Versus An Enabling Global Environment for Development: Issues for the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Manuel F. Montes
    • 7. MDG2 in Brazil: Misguided Educational Policies - Thana Campos, Clarice Duarte and Inês Virginia Soares
  • Part III: Policy and Societal Alternatives
    • 8. Irrelevance of the MDGs and a Real Solution to Poverty: Universal Citizen's Income - Julio Boltvinik and Araceli Damián 
    • 9. Social Solidarity Must Replace Poverty Eradication in the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda - Bob Deacon
    • 10. Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Case for a Developmental Welfare State - Gabriele Koehler


'Offers a refreshing and much-needed critical perspective on the Millennium Development Goals – a must-read for anyone hungry to move beyond a failing model.'
LSE Review of Books

‘Essential reading for anyone trying to understand how global governance might live up to its promise to eradicate poverty and achieve social justice.’
David Hulme, University of Manchester

‘A thorough analytical assessment of the impact of the Millennium Development Goals in substantially reducing poverty around the world. It should be read by scholars, policy makers and civil society.’
Alberto Martinelli, University of Milan

‘A rich collection of contributions from multiple disciplines and perspectives, this book offers diverse views on whether the MDGs made a meaningful change. It is a welcome antidote to the triumphalism of those who proclaim the MDG’s success.’
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School


Publication Date: 15 February 2016
280 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783606184
Hardback: 9781783606191
eBook ePub: 9781783606214
eBook PDF: 9781783606207
eBook Kindle: 9781783606221

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