Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: Old Problems, New Challenges

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a United Nations partnership initiative to eradicate extreme poverty and other forms of disadvantage and human crises by 2015. Some progress has been made, but major gaps are evident, for example, in official development, assistance, market access (trade), debt relief, gender equality, access to essential medicines and access to technology. The global financial crisis, rising food prices and climate change have significantly impacted the achievement of the MDGs. This conference will critically engage the MDGs and the processes or possibilities for change. One key aim is to bring together development practitioners, academics, policy makers and the business community.

The conference will bring academics from a range of disciplines together with development practitioners and policy makers to deliberate on the questions and issues related to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The conference further will explore ways of meeting the developmental challenges in the 21st century. The conference explicitly seeks to identify and explore new ideas and approaches emanating from the interaction of different perspectives and disciplines, beyond the “development studies” core.

The overall aims of the conference are to:

  • Enable dialogue between Australian development NGOs, universities and the Australian Government, AusAID in particular on issues of contemporary importance;
  • Enable the above mentioned to share perspectives in order to better understand the drivers and impediments to change in different contexts;
  • Pursue opportunities for further collaboration and cooperation in sharing knowledge and conducting research, based on reviewing current sharing initiatives, such as the health knowledge hubs;
  • Improve skills and competencies of aid and development practitioners; and
  • Influence aid and development policy.


View the 2009 Conference Program.


View the list of the keynote speakers from the 2009 conference.