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The Challenge of Universal Primary Education - Strategies for Achieving the International Development Targets, 2001, 49 p.

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Strategies for achieving the international development targets

Department for International Development

The international development targets

Economic well-being

· a reduction by one-half in the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.

Social and human development

· universal primary education in all countries by 2015;

· demonstrated progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women by eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2005;

· a reduction by two-thirds in the mortality rates for infants and children under age 5 by 2015;

· a reduction by three-fourths in maternal mortality by 2015;

· access through the primary health-care system to reproductive health services for all individuals of appropriate ages as soon as possible and no later than the year 2015.

Environmental sustainability and regeneration

· the implementation of national strategies for sustainable development in all countries by 2005, so as to ensure that current trends in the loss of environmental resources are effectively reversed at both global and national levels by 2015.

While not amenable to quantification, there is a range of qualitative elements of development that are essential to the attainment of the quantitative goals. These include democratic accountability, the protection of human rights and the rule of law.

Cover photograph: Dilshad Sheikh/DFID

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Department for International Development

Foreword by the Secretary of State

Executive summary

1. Target statement

What are the targets?
Why are the targets important?
Are the targets achievable?
How will progress be measured?

2. Defining the challenge

Achieving the targets: the scale and geography of the challenge
Barriers to UPE and gender equality

3. Experience to date

What have we learned?
International commitments pay off

4. Meeting the challenge

Strategies to achieve the education targets
Priorities for governments and civil society
Priorities for the international community

5. Priorities for DFID

Promoting international commitment and action
Well-targeted country programmes
Knowledge and research strategies
Ways of working

6. Monitoring progress

Assessing performance
Developing capacity
Learning lessons


Annex 1 - Statistical tables: Education State of the World’s Children 2000: UNICEF
Annex 2 - Global and regional indicators of development progress for the international development targets

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