check the instructions and the assignment 1. The assignment worths a lot.


Canvas-SDGs Africa:

Jeffrey Sachs. The Age of Sustainable Development. Chapter One (pdf)

John W. McArthur: “Own the Goals – What the Millennium Development Goals have Accomplished”, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2013

Nancy Birdsall, Dani Rodrik & Arvind Subramanian (2005). “How to Help Poor Countries.” Foreign Affairs 84(4): 136-152

TED talks:

Jacqueline Novogratz: Invest in Africa’s own solutions (video 2005):

A Quest to End Poverty – a video playlist (2013):


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Since their inception in 2000, The Millennium Development Goals have revolutionized the global aid business, using specific targets to help mobilize and guide development efforts. They have encouraged world leaders to simultaneously tackle multiple dimensions of poverty and provided a standard for judging performance. The MDGs expired the end of 2015 and new goals, the SDGs, are in place now.

Please inform yourself about the MDGs and SDGs – there’s a lot of material on Canvas and elsewhere online. You can start here:


Success Story?

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


54 countries – 55 states are recognized by either AU, UN or both

African Union



Written Blog Post #1 marked on blog as Post 1: due by midnight the day before the class meets

8/27 for the Tuesday class; 8/28 for the Wednesday class

a) Jacqueline Novogratz in her TED talks brings up the question on how to define poverty. What is her answer? What is her main message? Find at least one other TED talk on this subject and reflect on it.Do you agree or disagree with the message?

b) What is the vision, the goal of the SDGs? What is the effect of neo-liberalism (cutting government spending promoted by the World Bank and IMF)?

c) John McArthur in Own the Goals talks about “Players on the Bench”. Who are they and what does he criticize?

d) The article “How to Help Poor Countries” (2005) addresses the question of more aid money. Please elaborate. What are suggestions made by the authors? Do you agree?







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Jacqueline Novogratz brings up the issue of poverty through her childhood encounters. She remembered how she was rewired with a sweatshirt in Africa that she had given out to a charitable organization some years back. Through her examples, she explains how poverty could be eradicated from the planet. She further explains that every person has a mandate and the ability to help deal with poverty in many ways.

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