As the Millennium Development Goals come to a close at the end of the year, many in the global development community say that historic top-down development approaches have missed the mark and need a big overhaul. Technical interventions are often created and delivered without adequate attention to linkages among the root causes of poverty, some say.
“The current infrastructure, from how projects are funded to how they’re carried out, has not evolved much in 40 years and remains incredibly siloed,” said Greg Beck, director of integrated development at FHI 360. “We need a paradigm shift in the global development architecture that supports a more integrated, people-centered approach.”
Organizations like FHI 360 have acknowledged that working in silos isn’t a successful development strategy in many situations. When it comes to achieving the closely connected sustainable development goals, they believe an integrated approach may hold the key for success. And, many are calling for building more evidence around the approach.