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'Financial crisis has challenged the neo-liberal agenda'

May 15, 2009

G20 decisions reflect that business cannot go as usual and the world needs an alternative, says Minar Pimple, Deputy Director Asia, United Nations Millennium Campaign. In an interview to ATN Bangla, he talks about the need for countries to reorient their growth and investment to make development more equitable.

Promised in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals have crossed the midway mark. A set of promises that need to be reinforced through collective action from all citizens, these time-bound targets have not yet received due attention from governments across the globe.

In an interview to ATN Bangla’s Imagine a New South Asia, Minar Pimple, Deputy Director Asia, United Nations Millennium Campaign says that the challenge is actually the difference between the rhetoric and the reality.

“Health, education, water, sanitation have to remain with the public sector,” he says.

In context of the global economic crisis, he emphasises the need to broaden the social sector outreach to bring those at the bottom of the pyramid. This requires a pro-poor growth strategy especially focused on women and marginalised social groups like indigenous communities etc.

 

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