Progress on the MDGs Requires an Obsession for Tracking Results

In the lead up to the UN General Assembly, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an online debate focused on the last 850 days before the MDGs expire in 2015.

In the series, they asked some of the world’s leading experts what one thing must be done differently or better to achieve MDGs 4, 5 and/or 6–all focused on improving public health–by the deadline.

Oweb15-183x126ne of the experts, Suprotik Basu, CEO, Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria, asserts that progress on the eight goals requires an obsession for tracking results. Here are the key points:

  • Monitoring and reporting progress are the most essential tools in moving towards our goals.
  • We must get comfortable with imperfect data — the tension between timeliness and accuracy — in our quest to understand how are plans are progressing.
  • Big, bold goals are essential to getting big things done, but they must be paired with an obsession for tracking

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