There is broad consensus that national ownership of initiatives, policies, and strategies, supported coherently by partners at all levels (global, regional, national and subnational), has been crucial in making progress towards achieving the MDGs. Even facing similar bottlenecks, each country had to find solutions appropriate to its context. It is therefore critical to take note of the different modalities of country ownership of MDGs as observed in practice, drawing upon concrete country cases and grouping of comparable cases.
WESS 2014/2015 will draw lessons from specific country examples to show that strong institutions and good governance at the country level are among the important long-term enablers for achieving the MDGs. It will also present cases of development strategies that, through specific actions, have tackled such issues as of gaps in monitoring and evaluation. Other challenges, such as corruption and lack of accountability, will also be discussed.
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World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015: Chapter V