Rethinking the Millennium Development Goals: Stakeholders’ Perceptions and Strategic Choices
How do developing countries set priorities and define realistically achievable goals within the millennium development goals?


In light of the current economic slowdown, the prospect of achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 looks increasingly slim. Hence at this stage, it is crucial that strategic choices regarding the MDGs are revised realistically. Limited resources – both domestic and official development assistance (ODA) – should be allocated ‘optimally’ among the individual goals, and across the developing world. However, the questions of how a country should set its priorities among the broad range of development goals, what financial and institutional resources it should allocate for each goal, and how it should address potential trade-offs are contentious.

In this context, there is a need to shed more light on how different groups of stakeholders perceive the MDGs in a broader context of development. Hence this research project will conduct a choice experiment survey in seven developing countries around the world. The survey will investigate how different groups of stakeholders identify their development priorities. The choice experiment will also probe stakeholders’ preferences relating to the sources of funding necessary to achieve the targets. The results of the survey are likely to have a considerable impact on the policy debate on the MDGs.

Project Keywords

  • Millennium Development Goals


  • Development
  • Economics
  • Political science

Relevant Countries

  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Malawi
  • Nepal
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Sierra Leone
  • Turkey


This project, started in 2010, has been completed.

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Research team

Baris Karapinar
University of Berne

Paulo Cunha
Principal Member
Columbia University in the City of New York

Ronald Dadi Mangani
Principal Member
University of Malawi

Osman Gbla
Principal Member
University of Sierra Leone

Arbinda Lal Bhomi
Principal Member
Tribhuvan University

Valerian Melikidze
Principal Member
Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University

Anirudh Singal
Principal Member
University of Berne

Yilmaz Esmer
Associated Member
Bahçesehir Üniversitesi