Bangladesh’s development miracle: From MDGs to SDGs
Bangladesh has been lauded by the United Nations as well as the international development community as the epitome for socio-economic gains attained under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The country has moved up to lower middle income status, but more importantly, by human development indicators and this achievement came on the back of the country’s stride towards higher per capita income in recent years, riding on stable economic growth. This indicates that Bangladesh is well positioned to emerge as a global thought leader with regard to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Significance of tracking SDGs in Bangladesh
Realizing this ambition rests largely on informed decision making and targeted resource allocation. For a Government to plan and monitor the impact of its policies, it must be able to benchmark data and see year on year progress. An effective monitoring tool provides essential support in order to achieve the SDGs. Regular monitoring and evaluation of development interventions facilitate continuous improvement of their designs and thus enhance their potential to make impact.