We've reached the eighth and final Millennium Development Goal! MDG 8 recognizes the need to Develop a Global Partnership for Development.
The targets MDG 8 outlines deal primarily with finances, trade, and partnerships with large-scale corporations and the private sector. Instead this approach to global partnership, MADRE and our sister organizations have long worked together towards common goals with a focus on grassroots partnerships. MADRE's mission has always been to work hand-in-hand with community-based groups around the world to create meaningful and necessary change. MADRE continues to work toward building global partnership, with local projects in places like Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Nicaragua, Palestine, Panama, Peru, and Sudan. On an international level, MADRE also partners with the International Indigenous Women's Forum (also known by its Spanish acronym FIMI) to increase the role of Indigenous women in decision-making positions, leadership, and advocacy.
With established local and international connections, we know that our model of partnership works. This week, as we've been following the discussion on the MDGs and posting information on our programs, this has been very clear to us. Any hope we have of achieving the MDGs will depend on the participation of community-based leaders, who have struggled against hunger, poverty, illness and discrimination and who have created local solutions.