This background paper by Deepak Nayyar was prepared for the UN System Task Team on the post-2015 UN Development Agenda and reflects on options and possibilities beyond 2015.
Section I sets the stage. It outlines the origins and significance of MDGs, to highlight why they are the focus of attention once again. Section II attempts an evaluation of MDGs. It provides a critical assessment of their conception and design. Section III contemplates their future. It discusses options beyond 2015 in terms of possible choices to explore the necessary and desirable contours of change which could be the foundations of a modified or alternative framework. Section IV examines what developing countries could do in their respective national contexts for the pursuit and attainment of development objectives embedded in the MDGs. Section V is about the international context, where the focus has been narrow and the progress has been slow so far. It highlights possibilities of change for the better, but argues for a different approach and framework which would be conducive for development.