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Lant Pritchett

Appointment
Professor of the Practice of International Development
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 315
617-496-4562
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Pritchett, Lant, and Charles Kenny. "Promoting Millennium Development Ideals: The Risks of Defining Development Down." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-033, September 2013.

Abstract

The approach of 2015, the target date of the Millennium Development Goals, sets the stage for a global reengagement on the question of “what is development?” We argue that the post-2015 development framework for development should include Millennium Development Ideals which put into measurable form the high aspirations countries have for the well-being of their citizens. Standing alone, low bar targets like the existing Millennium Development Goals “define development down” and put at risk both domestic and global coalitions to support to an inclusive development agenda. Measuring development progress exclusively by low bar targets creates the illusion that specific targeted programs can be an adequate substitute for a broad national and global development agenda.