The mission of The MDG Centre is to provide scientific, technical and policy support to governments and other stakeholders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and help eradicate poverty. The Centre works at multiple scales—village, district, national and international— to bridge the gap between global commitments and local action towards development.
The Centre utilizes an integrated, cross-sectoral approach that addresses interdependencies across different disciplines. We believe that in order to make lasting change in any one sphere of development, we must improve them all. The Center promotes wider dialogue on the MDGs and development efforts, and facilitates action from diverse stakeholders, including civil society and the private sector.
A primary emphasis is placed on rural development in Africa, but The Centre also works to facilitate south-south linkages with Asia and other developing regions of the world. These efforts have been given greater impetus in the last two years as the MDG Centre was incorporated into the Columbia Global Centers network.
The MDG Centre’s flexible operational and staffing procedures are designed to ensure a rapid and effective response to requests.
The work of The MDG Centre aims to achieve the following objectives: