Developing health – the health of development: Health and the making of the Millennium Development Goals

Iris Borowy
(Aachen University)

For decades, there has been broad consensus that poverty and “underdevelopment” are not good for health but extensive controversy regarding what exactly constitutes “development” and how can it be improved to serve population health.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) evolved through a competition between two perspectives on development: one that sees the reasons for poverty and misery in the specificities of the countries concerned (the localist view) and another that looks at the global context, including and especially the policies of “developed” high-income countries (the globalist view). The core of the MDGs emerged in the OECD and shifted the public focus from globalist approaches of recent UN conferences to a localist approach. Subsequent UN discussions broadened the perspective again, leading to a more hybrid final form.

This paper discusses how the various positions were negotiated during various stages of the MDGs and explores the implications for global health of their recent replacement by seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Wednesday, 28th October 2015, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue: Jerry Morris B, Tavistock Place


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