Millennium Development Goals & Measuring Progress

26 07 2013


I was reading Mr. Bill Gates’ latest blog, from Gates Notes & the Annual Newsletter and wanted to highlight Mr. Gates’ comment about measuring progress-

“I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition. You can achieve amazing progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal-in a feedback loop”

Bill Gates

You can read more about “Measuring Progress” here.



Also, an infographic of the development goals- it would be good to gain access to the data that we can use to measure the progress of these goals, through various tools- Big Data, intuitive Visual Tools, predictive analytics, open data and open source intelligence (OSINT), including social media (and analytics); though these tools are available now, it seems like we are slow to leverage & exploit their power:

“Eight goals- Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)- aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people have brought new focus to the highest priorities in health and development”

You can read more about the Millennium Development Goals through the Annual Letter by Bill Gates here.


Bill Gates- getting a closer look at charts documenting rural health progress at the Germana Gale Health Post in Ethiopia. Over the past year I’ve been impressed with progress in using data and measurement to improve the human condition (Dalocha, Ethiopia, 2012).







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