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The 2007 Global Monitoring Report examines the responsibilities and accountability of donor countries, developing countries, and the international financial institutions to support attainment of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as agreed by 189 countries in 2000, and monitors recent performance against the MDG targets.
This year's report focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of women, both central development issues. Gender equality is intrinsically fair and empowering women improves both economic performance and progress in other development goals - including education, nutrition, and reducing child mortality. Some areas have seen rapid progress, such as achieving educational parity for girls in school. But in other dimensions - including political representation and nonagricultural employment - performance falls short. Strengthening performance will require realistic goals, strong leadership, technical expertise, and financing.
To advance the MDG agenda, the international community needs to do more: donors need to provide more and better quality assistance; developing countries need to adopt sound, sequenced development strategies; international institutions should provide more technical support to strengthen strategies; and all need to work toward a more coherent and efficient "aid architecture".
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