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For Faster Education Progress, We Need to Know What Kids Know

We need an international assessment that will pinpoint educational challenges by providing consistent information on the status of all youth, not just those who have somehow stayed in formal schooling into adolescence. Think of a universal test of nine-year-olds in basic math, reading, and problem solving skills.

The Addis Accord: Looking Different, But Not Much Better?

Even to an outsider unskilled at parsing the practical import of switching from ‘commit’ to ‘endeavor’ in a non-binding declaration, the latest draft of the Addis Financing for Development text looks very different from the zero draft.  The overall shift appears to have been away from making solid commitments, especially with numbers attached.  In some cases, that’s a good thing.  But it does leave the text looking closer to a vegetarian brunch –lo

SDG Eight: Sharpening the Target on Economic Growth

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets. 

Target 8.1 calls for rapid per capita economic growth.  As this is a vital element of sustained progress on development, it is absolutely right that a comprehensive set of development goals include a growth target. 

First Look at Addis Development Finance Accord: What’s in It and What Should Be

Ambassadors George Talbot and Geir Pederson, the Co-Chairs of the negotiations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development conference, have just issued the first version of the “Addis Ababa Accord.”  The Accord will be the main outcome of the upcoming Addis Financing for Development Conference in July, billed as the event where we figure out how to pay for the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Three Comments on the Proposed SDGs

In July 2014, the UN’s Open Working Group published its list of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 accompanying targets with the aim of outlining the post-2015 priority areas for international development. While the goals had already been published, the post-2015 development agenda is still very much a work in progress. Last Monday (Jan 19), I watched CGD President Nancy Birdsall speak to the UN about her vision of the sustainable development goals.