6 A global partnership for development

Where do we stand?

Official development assistance is now at its highest level, reversing the decline of the previous two years.

Aid is shifting away from the poorest countries. 80 per cent of imports from developing countries entered developed countries duty-free and tariffs remained at an all-time low. The debt burden of developing countries remained stable at about 3 per cent of export revenue.

Official development assistance (ODA), from OECD-DAC countries, 2000–2013 (Constant 2012 US$ billions)

Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

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  • Official development assistance stood at $134.8 billion in 2013, the highest level ever recorded.
  • 80 per cent of imports from developing countries enter developed countries duty-free.
  • The debt burden on developing countries remains stable at about 3 per cent of export revenue.
  • The number of Internet users in Africa almost doubled in the past four years.
  • 30 per cent of the world’s youth are digital natives, active online for at least five years.

Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

UNDP's work around the globe

3 million poor in Africa and South Asia to gain access to mobile phone numbers

04 Aug 2011

New York/London — Three million people living in poverty in Africa and South Asia—around 75 percent of them women—will gain access to low-cost mobile phones identities and mobile phone numbers following United Kingdom-based technology firm Movirtu’s commitment made today to the  Business Call tmore

62 million people need humanitarian help worldwide

19 Jul 2012

New York - The number of people needing humanitarian aid around the world has risen from 51 million to 62 million – an increase of more than 20 per cent – during the first half of 2012. More than 18 million people in nine countries in the Sahel region are facing a severe food and nutrition crisis, more


Africa making great strides toward many MDG targets yet serious challenges remain, new report says

27 May 2013

Addis Ababa – Converting Africa’s impressive economic performance over the past decade into greater gains on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains a primary challenge for Africa, according to a new report. Released today, The MDG Report 2013: Assessing progress in Africa toward the Mimore


African post-2015 dialogue launched with call for governance to build global transformational change

12 Oct 2012

Midrand, South Africa – As part of the global United Nations-led post-2015 development agenda consultations, the first in a series of dialogues on governance, including accountability by governments, concluded in South Africa today. Ahead of the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Gmore


Big strides on Millennium Development Goals with more targets achievable by 2015: UN report

01 Jul 2013

Geneva – With some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) already met, more targets are within reach by the 2015 target date, while challenges to achieving others must be urgently addressed, according to a new report launched today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Based on comprehensive offimore


Dublin to host 8th forum of cities against poverty

01 Oct 2012

Making Cities Smart, Safe and Sustainable to be key focus of the forum Geneva — On World Habitat Day, the United Nations Development Programme has announced the host city of WACAP8 will be Dublin, Ireland.  The WACAP8 forum will take place on 20-21 February 2013. The World Alliance of Cities Amore

Experts convened by UN call for citizen security to be included in future development agenda

31 Jan 2013

High-level meeting in Panama City to inform World We Want framework Panama City - More than a hundred thought leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives are meeting over the next two days in Panama City in order to build consensus and provide recommendations on how to ensure citizen secmore


Harnessing the power and potential of ICTs for local development

08 Mar 2012

UNDP is helping local governments to improve service delivery through a series of workshops and a new handbook Geneva - While Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have been hailed as starting a new industrial revolution, their application in improving how local governments respond to citmore

Indonesia, UNDP and partners boost knowledge exchange between developing countries

10 Jul 2012

Bali, Indonesia – At least 200 policy-makers and representatives from 40 countries gathered today in the Indonesian island of Bali for the first global high-level meeting to boost knowledge exchange between developing countries. The conference, Towards Country-Led Knowledge Hubs, taking place 10-11 more

Leading Corporations, Foundations and Development Organizations Form “Better Than Cash Alliance"

20 Sep 2012

New Report says Electronic Payments can lift Millions out of Poverty; Peru, Kenya, Colombia, and Republic of Philippines First Governments to Make Commitments The U.N. Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi more

0.7 years
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population