MDG-based national planning

MDG-based national planning
Photo: Amit Khullar/UNDP

The best strategies and plans to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) plan from the future. When working backwards from the deadline of year 2015, timelines and public spending requirements are more clearly defined, thereby aiding governments, partners and other stakeholders to identify realistic interim planning goals to meet the end objectives. In addition to planning from the future, MDG strategies and plans are most likely to succeed when they are based on needs defined from the bottom-up, implemented nationally, cut across sectors, are oriented towards medium or long-term results and are backed up by national budgets.

UNDP works with its partners to support governments through the four steps of preparing an MDG-based national development strategy:

  • Launching an inclusive planning process;
  • Taking inventory: reviewing existing strategies and defining the baseline;
  • Conducting a detailed, long-term assessment—or MDG needs assessment — to estimate the infrastructure, human resources, and financial requirements required to achieve the MDGs;
  • Developing a short-to-medium-term national strategy drawing upon the MDG needs assessment.

To bring these steps and processes to the local level, UNDP is partnering with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation to develop the capacity of local actors to promote MDG localization. MDG localization includes setting local goals and targets, planning how to achieve them, and strengthening local institutions to ensure they can be achieved. It also involves establishing links between national policies and frameworks and their application at the local level.

At the request of developing countries, UNDP also offers training programmes for government officials on MDG-based national development strategies.