Useful Resources

A listing of valuable websites, books, articles, reports, videos, news services, and blogs for individuals, organizations, students, and teachers.


Each of the following websites provides additional facts and recent information on the Millennium Development Goals:

About the UN Millennium Goals

Millennium Indicators

UN Millennium Project

The MDGs are being tracked and progress is being regularly updated:

2009 UN Millennium Goals Report

2008 UN Millennium Goals Report

2009 MDG Gap Task Force Report: Strengthening the Global Partnership for Development in a Time of Crisis (Goal 8)

2008 MDG Gap Task Force Report: Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the Millennium
Development Goals (Goal 8)

2007 (mid-point) report on progress to achieve the MDGs by 2015

MDG Progress Tracking with Google Earth

Goal 8: Market Access Indicators by ITC, UNCTAD and WTO

Important United Nations and World Bank MDG-related reports:

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Africa: Recommendations of the MDG Africa Steering Group launched at African Union Summit on 1 July 2008

2008 World Bank Gobal Monitoring Report

2007-2008 UN Development Program report (Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world)

World Bank's August 2008 Poverty up-date report: The developing world is poorer than we thought, but no less successful in the fight against poverty (Policy Research Working Paper 4703)

Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals - Overview Report 2005

The Millennium Challenge is the United States government's effort towards achieving the MDGs by 2015:

Millennium Challenge Account - Background

Millennum Challenge Account - Status

Millennium Challenge Account - Budget

Recent report on the United States' contributions and efforts towards achieving the MDGs:

InterAction (November 2007) - The U.S. Contribution to Reducing Global Poverty: An Assessment of the U.S. and the Millennium Development Goals

UN collaboration with business on universal principles and in support of MDGs:

UN Global Compact Organization

2007 Global Compact Annual Review

Bill Gates' speech about the MDGs at the UN General Assembly, September 25, 2008

Especially for teachers and students:

United Nations Works for People and the Planet


Student Voices Against Poverty - The Millennium Campaign Curriculum Project
Lesson Plans and Resources Manual for Teachers

Facing the Future's Resources for Educators

World Bank Institute Learning Resources,,contentMDK:20106337~menu...

Worldmapper: A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 600 maps.

Going Global: Preparing U.S. Students for an Interconnected World
Asia Societyguidebook to assist secondary schools in developing students’ international knowledge and skills.

Guide to U.S. Government for K-12 produced by Government Printing Office

Additional websites to explore:

Millennium Campaign

Millennium Promise

Millennium Villages Project

Chronic Poverty Research Centre (UK) - Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09 Global Information Network

International Food Policy Research Institute - sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty

Selected Resources on Food Security and Climate Change:

United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 7-18, 2009, Copenhagen

World Bank. World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change, 365 pp.

For a more complete listing of resources on food security and climate change see below for attached file.

Recommended Reading

Books (in the PSMGP Library)

Christopher B. Barrett and Daniel G. Maxwell. Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role, Routledge, 2005.

Robert Calderisi. The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn't Working, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Ha-Joon Chang. Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective, Athem Press, 2002.

Ha-Joon Chang. Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, Bloomsbury Press, 2008.

Gregory Clark. A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World, Princeton University Press, 2007.

Bill Clinton. Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, Knopf, 2007.

Paul Collier. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, Oxford University Press, 2007.

Shannon Daley-Harris and Jeffrey Keenan. Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc, San Francisco, 2007.

William Easterly. The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, Penguin Press, 2006.

Jonathan Glennie. The Trouble With Aid: Why Less Could Mean More for Africa, Zed Books, London, 2008.

Tony Hall. Changing the Face of Hunger, W Publishing Group, 2006.

Duncan Green. From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World, Oxfam International, 2008 (Complete book on-line at:

Tracy Kidder. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Would Cure the World, Random House, 2004.

Michael Kinsley, Ed. Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and other Economic Leaders, Simon & Schuster, 2008.

Edward Miguel, Africa's Turn? (A forum on recent economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa), Boston Review, 2009.

Dambisa Moyo. Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Jacqueline Novogratz. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, Rodale, 2009.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, Public Affairs, 2004.

Robert Paarlberg. Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out of Africa, Harvard University, 2008.

C. K. Prahalad. The Future at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Wharton School, 2006.

Steven Radelet and Ruth Levine. Can We Build a Better Mousetrap? Three New Institutions Designed to Improve Aid Effectiveness (Millennium Challenge Corporation; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations), Chapter 16 in Reinventing Foreign Aid, Easterly ed., Center for Global Development and MIT Press, 2008.

Jeffrey D. Sachs. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, Penguin Press, 2005.

Jeffrey D. Sachs. Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Penguin Press, 2008.

Amartya Sen. Development as Freedom, Anchor Books, 1999.

Peter Singer. The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, Random House, 2009.

Stephen C. Smith. Ending Poverty: A Guide To What Works, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

George Soros. On Globalization, Public Affairs, 2002.

Joseph E. Stiglitz. Globalization and Its Discontents, Norton, 2003.

Joseph E. Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton. Fair Trade for All, Oxford, 2005.

Joseph E. Stiglitz. Making Globalization Work, Norton, 2006.

The World Bank. The Global Citizen's Handbook: Facing Our World's Crises and Challenges, Collins, 2007.

Muhammad Yunus. Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty, Public Affairs, 1999.

Muhammad Yunus. Creating a World Without Poverty: Small Business and the Future of Capitalism, Public Affairs, 2007.

Other UN Publications (available for downloading at UN web site)

Capacity Development: Empowering People and Institutions, UN Development Programme Annual Report 2008.

Making Globalization Work for All, UN Development Programme Annual Report 2007.

The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child Survival, UNICEF, December 2007.

Children and the Millennium Development Goals: Progress Towards a World Fit for Children, UNICEF, December 2007.

Progress for Children, UNICEF Statistical Review, December 2007.

State of the World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth, UN Population Fund.

UN Publications Catalog:

Other Publications

State of the World’s Mothers 2008: Closing the Survival Gap for Children Under 5, Save the Children, 2008.

Videos for On-line Viewing

Seattle as a Center for Global Health. Seattle City Club, July 24, 2008 (TVW Archive)

Engineers Without Borders 2008 Annual International Conference at the University of Washington: Engineering with Soul, July 8, 2008, Bernard Amadei, professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder (UWTV Library)

U.S. Africa Command. Pacific N.W. National Security Forum, June 3, 2008 (TVW Archive)

AFRICOM's Challenges and Opportunities. Pacific N.W. National Security Forum, June 3, 2008 (TVW Archive)

Fostering Democracy from the Ground Up: Combating World Poverty and the Exclusion of the Poor. UW Provost Lecture by Prof. Joel Migdal, April 29, 2008 (UWTV Library)

Economics for a Crowded Planet. Economist Jeffrey Sachs, Seattle World Affairs Council, April 10, 2008 (TVW Archive)

Seattle’s Growing Philanthropic Reach. Seattle CityClub panel, March 21, 2008 (Seattle Channel Archive)

Building a Community-based Health Care Movement. Dr. Paul Farmer, November 13, 2006 (UWTV Library)

Computer Technology: Solving Public Health Challenges. Neal Lesh, April 19, 2005 (UWTV Library)

C-SPAN Video Library (searchable - Jeffrey Sachs, as example)

UN Daily E-Mail News Free Subscription Service

UN Wire (United Nations Foundation)


Crash course on the MDGs (UW Department of Global Health) (mp3, 14 mnutes)


Bread Blog (Bread for the World)

End Poverty Blog (Concern Worldwide, ONE Campaign, Oxfam International, Millennium Campaign)

Global Development Matters Blog (Center for Global Development)

Ideas for Development Blog (several international sponsors)

Millennium Challenge Account Monitor Blog (Center for Global Development)

ONE Blog (ONE Campaign)

ODI Blog (Overseas Development Institute – UK)

Poverty and Growth blog (Poverty and Growth Program of the World Bank Institute)

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