Global Advanced Research Journal of History, Political Science and International Relations ISSN:2315-506X
October 2012 Vol. 1(7), pp 152-161
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Thinking globally and acting locally: Re-thinking MDGs strategies in the rural communities of Anambra State
O. B. C. Nwankwo
Department of Political Science, Anambra State University, Nigeria.
Accepted 03 September, 2012
This paper examines Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its attainment in the specific context of Nigeria. Taking a common man’s view of development as a holistic variable understood only in terms of concrete impact on the lives of the individual citizens, it focused on the target audience in Anambra State, one of the federating states in Nigeria most of whom are found in the rural communities. It hypothesizes that despite the efforts of the government and the enormous resources pumped in through the MDGs programme, there is no evidence to show that these programmes have been contributory in rural communities of Anambra State. Data was collected to test this hypothesis and came to the conclusion that rather develop, it has underdeveloped the people. The paper then interrogates MDGs implementation process in the State and identifies the fault lines in the implementation strategy that work singly or in combination with others to affect/ inhibit impact of the programme. Noting that any successful implementation of the MDGs must be organically built upon the constituent communities’ own resources as they seek their own path to social and economic fulfilment, enlargement of the capacity of the individual and the community as a whole to create and innovate, it recommends specific direction in the process re-thinking and re-planning strategies that can sustainably guarantee the attainment of the goals.
Keywords: MDGs, rural communities, organic edification.