GOAL 8: Develop a global partnership for development

Within Goal 8, developed states bind themselves to support developing countries in their economic development. The goal is very broad embracing various aspects related to development.

There is a large delivery gap in meeting commitments towards the MDGs target of addressing the special needs of least developed countries (LDCs), and to provide more generous official development assistance (ODA) for countries committed to poverty reduction. Efforts to step up ODA have been set back. Total net aid flows from members of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) fell to $103.7 billion in 2007, representing 0.28 per cent of the combined national income of the developed countries (End Poverty, Fact Sheet).

On top of that, the impact of the economic crisis is a stark reminder that gains made in moving towards the Millennium Development Goals can be fragile. Countries severly indebted are particularly vulnerable. The global nature of the crisis requires a strong multilateral response.

It is vital that the savings from debt relief are used well for poverty reduction.  It is also important that countries have the resources they need to achieve the MDGs without getting back into unsustainable debt (DFID).

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