From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals: The Travails of International Development

From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals: The Travails of International Development

by Siphamandla Zondi, Philani Mthembu

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This book is the first in a series that aims to help readers understand the diversity of African academic thinking around the MDGs and their success (or lack thereof); and the transition into the SDGs.

The questions this book looks to examine are:
• How far has the implementation of the aspirations enunciated in the UN Millennium Declaration gone? and
• Can any measurable progress made towards the implementation of the MDGs be equated to a serious commitment by the world to achieve the now adopted SDGs?

These questions lie at the heart of discussions that the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs generated on the African continent and beyond. They are questions that are not being adequately addressed by dominant discourses on development; discourses haunted by the globally hegemonic paradigm of neoliberalism and its complicity in the perpetuation of what has been called the imperiality of world development, and a colonial model of the world as we know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781431426539
Publisher: Institute for Global Dialogue
Publication date: 11/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Prof. Zondi is a professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. He is also part of the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs in the Department, which analyses strategic dynamics in national, continental and international affairs including leadership, norms, values and agency. He is co-editor of the recently published Decolonising the University, its Knowledge and Disciplines (Carolina Press) and is working on a book on Africa's common positions in international negotiations. He is also on the National Planning Commission of South Africa, responsible for regional and international partnerships.
Dr Mthembu is the executive director at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA and co-founder of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics. He completed a joint doctoral programme with the Graduate School of Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, and the School of International Studies at Renmin University, Beijing, focused on the rise of emerging powers as sources of development cooperation in Africa.

Table of Contents


List of tables and figures. vii
List of contributors. viii
Foreword. xi
Acknowledgements. xiii
List of abbreviations and acronyms . xiv

1 From Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to post-2015: Introducing questions to haunt the new agenda
by Siphamandla Zondi and Philani Mthembu

2 The UN, the idea of development: Between dissensus and consensus by Siphamandla Zondi. 

3 The right to development and the post-2015 agenda by Serges Djoyou Kamga

4 The Common African Position on the post-2015 development agenda: A western Trojan horse or catalyst
to a new development era in Africa? by Fritz Nganje

5 The changing multilateral terrain of South–South cooperation: The emerging powers, global South, UN Nexus
Francis A Kornegay Jr. 

6 Global partnerships for sustainable development: Bringing trilateral cooperation into the fold by Philani Mthembu

7 The SA position on the post-2015 development agenda: An agenda for transforming power relations by Siphamandla Zondi. 

8 Negotiating the North–South divide in the post-2015 development agenda: What role for South Africa? by Lesley Masters. 

9 Global regulation and the quest for development post-2015 by Samuel O Oloruntoba

10 Trade and development and the question of post-2015 by Sibulele Walaza 

11 A reflection on the problem of child mortality: Implications for post-2015 development agenda by Gugulethu Nkosi and Charles Maimela. 

12 Water scarcity in Africa: United Nations SDGs and the role of inland ocean water economy by Z Ntozintle Jobodwana. 

13 Re-imagining masculine identities to advance the post-2015 development goal on gender equality by Katlego Moilwa. 

14 Gender, education for sustainable development and en-gendering post-2015 by Esther Kibuka-Sebitosi. 

15 Whither the new agenda for sustainable development? by Philani Mthembu and Siphamandla Zondi. 

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