BENEFITS OF THE MDG
The Millennium Development Goals fuel one of the main globalization debates. Is globalization beneficial or detrimental on a global scale? The MDGs show how globalization can be both. Like a new trade theorist would argue, globalization is beneficial because developing countries can easily learn from countries that have already implemented successful procedures for development (economically, politically, and culturally). In this way, globalization can lead to modernization and achieving the goals set out in 2000. However, like a dependency theorist would argue, globalization can also further divide rich and poor countries. These differences can be shown and highlighted by the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in some cases. When modernization is viewed primarily as “Westernization,” countries are expected to quickly and obediently commit to these new and more modern ideas. However, in many cases, these ideas are historical and traditional in local communities. Although this dependency theory is valid, we believe the overall effect of globalization on achieving the Millennium Development Goals is positive. Because there was an initial agreement on these goals, the participating countries have vowed their commitment and dedication to the causes. Therefore, globalization is primarily helping needy countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Goals such as the elimination of HIV/AIDS, ending poverty and hunger, gender equality and universal education are all beneficial on a local and global scale and fit into international norms of equality and human rights. BENEFITS OF THE HDI
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income indices used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. the HDI can be viewed as an index of "potential" human development (or the maximum IHDI that could be achieved if there were no inequality). To produce the Human Development...
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