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What will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs) after their expiry date in 2015? This is an increasingly pertinent question for people working in development, for many reasons: the 2015 deadline is rapidly approaching, the MDGs took 10 years to formulate and agree on a global stage; at least some of the MDGs will not be met in some countries by the deadline; and a recent study, Cafod's 100 Voices, demonstrates that people in the developing world tend to think it is important to have a global international development framework.

Before last September's UN MDG summit, the world was unwilling to...

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