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Heated debate with John McArthur on MDGs and accountability

In 2000, nearly every country in the world made a promise to achieve a set of eight goals, including poverty reduction, women’s empowerment and universal primary education by 2015. How far have we gotten? Host Michel Martin speaks with two opposing voices about the progress made this far: John McArthur, CEO of Millennium Promise, and William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University.

Listen to the interview on NPR’s Tell Me More. Once in the media player, the segment is called “UN Convenes to Assess Global Progress”- it’s 12 minutes long.

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  1. ewaffle wrote:

    That was brutal–as one sided as Hearns vs. Cuevas in 1980. Nice of you to mention how you and MacArthur are good friends toward the end of the clip, something that is only done by winners.

    Posted September 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  2. David Zetland wrote:

    I’ve run into McArthur. He’s got a vested interest in a certain method “working” to achieve a certain result, regardless of effectiveness OR actual results…

    Posted September 22, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

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