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What is International Development?

International development is a holistic and multi-disciplinary concept most commonly used in the context of developing and improving human livelihoods.  It therefore encompasses governance, healthcare, education, disaster preparedness, infrastructure, economics, human rights, environment and issues associated with these.  International development seeks to implement long-term solutions to human livelihood issues by helping developing countries create the necessary capacity needed to provide such sustainable solutions to their problems.

During recent decades International Development has shifted away from modernisation and structural adjustment programs to:

The Millennium Development Goals

During the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000 the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015 were drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments.  Member states of the United Nations agreed to respond to the world's main development challenges:

 Millennium Development Goals

Goal 1:   Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2:     Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3:   Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4:   Reduce child mortality
Goal 5:   Improve maternal health
Goal 6:   Combat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7:   Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8:    Develop a Global Partnership for Development

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