The year 2015 – recently proclaimed the “year of evaluation” by the General Assembly—is also the finish line for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since their birth in year 2000, when they were proposed as part of the declaration emanating from the Millennium Summit, the MDGs have grown to represent a global frame of reference for development support, meant to focus attention and resources onto clear priorities. The effort to establish Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) builds on the momentum of the MDGs. As the United Nations embarks on this next global goal-setting effort, it is important that we consider and learn from past experience. It is in this spirit that we provide this evaluation of UNDP support to MDG achievement at country level.
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