The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) represents a global partnership between governments, development institutions, and civil society to make the world a better place for all. The goals promote poverty reduction, literacy, gender equality, maternal and child health, reduction in incidences of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, environmental sustainability, and a global partnership for development. One or more targets have been set for each goal, most to be attained by 2015.
T21 and the Millennium Development Goals
Guided by our goal to provide integrated planning tools and strategies that support sustainable development worldwide, MI has ensured that Threshold 21 supports and can monitor progress towards attainment of the MDG. T21 users can prepare MDG-based national development plans. Because T21 is user-friendly and used collaboratively by all stakeholders in development, it also engenders broad ownership of the national plans and strategies.
T21 projects twenty-year future progress towards the MDG under different policy and budgetary scenarios. This is a unique feature of T21 when compared to databases that only track historic progress. The scenario-specific projections are useful for:
- evaluating alternative policies and strategies for achieving the MDG
- estimating costs to meet the goals in each country
- monitoring and evaluating progress toward the goals
Currently, twenty-four of the forty-eight indicators of progress are implemented in T21. The other twenty-four not included in a basic T21 model are either not suitable for modeling (e.g. the proportion of women in the legislature), or require customizing T21 further.