Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2014

The State of the Global Partnership for Development

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The MDG Gap Task Force Report systematically tracks existing international commitments and their fulfilment at the international level in the areas of official development assistance, trade, debt relief, and access to essential medicines and technology as defined by the targets and indicators of MDG 8. The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2014 will build on the 2013 Report, by drawing lessons learned from monitoring MDG 8 and analysing conceptual gaps created by how MDG was originally defined. This should provide insight to discussions on the post-2015 agenda. The Task Force consists of more than 30 UN entities, including participation from the World Bank and the IMF, as well as the OECD and WTO. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat and UNDP and are the lead agencies in coordinating the work of the Task Force.



Official development assistance

Positive developments in 2013 have helped to alleviate concerns about recent reductions in official development assistance (ODA). The highest volume ever recorded, $135 billion,1 was reached in 2013. Much of this recovery was due to a 7 per cent increase in multilateral aid and a 25 per cent increase in aid for humanitarian emergencies. Despite an increase of aid to least developed countries (LDCs), preliminary data show an important decrease in bilateral aid to sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, indicators to monitor development cooperation effectiveness have not shown significant improvement overall. Moreover, forward spending plans of major donors do not indicate a significant growth in ODA flows. Thus, developments in the past year only partly ease the challenges facing the global partnership for development.


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