The Millennium Development Goals for India: How Attainable?

  • Anil B. Deolalikar


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a collection of numerical targets relating to key achievements in human and social development between 1990 and 2015. They include halving income-poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and gender equality, reducing infant and child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters, reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, and halving the proportion of people without access to safe water by 2015 (relative to the status of these indicators in 1990) (United Nations 2000). Since their launch at the Millennium Summit in New York in September 2000, the MDGs have become a near-universal tool for measuring the success of development efforts by governments, donors and NGOs.


Infant Mortality Poor State Millennium Development Goal Gender Disparity Child Malnutrition 
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