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MDG survey results 1 Millennium Development Goals: survey results
Document begins: MDG survey results 1 Millennium Development Goals: survey results This is a summary of the findings drawn from the questionnaires returned to IIED on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).1 Certain general points emerge from the responses: 1. Most respondents worked for organizations that have considered how the MDGs will influence their work, or have work programmes that already fall within the scope of the MDGs; 2. Respondents felt most confident that the MDGs would increase priority to lower-income nations and make aid focus on direct benefits to low-income groups; there was less confidence that they would increase the quantity or quality of aid. 3. Most respondents had some concerns either about the MDGs or about how a focus on the MDGs might mean too little attention paid to other aspects that are important for poverty reduction or for sustainable development. Among the most frequently raised concerns were: The MDGs were too narrow/target driven/top down/donor driven. The MDGs focus too much on the symptoms of poverty rather than on underlying causes at international level (for instance, trade barriers), national level (lack of democracy and respect for civil and political rights, civil conflict) and local level (inequality, disempowerment, poor local ...