MDG Screens  

In September 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, 189 countries adopted the Millennium Declaration, reaffirming their commitment to work towards poverty eradication and sustainable development across the globe. The contents of the Declaration have been incorporated into eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with very specific indicators to monitor the achievement of each goal, and with a particular focus on the efforts and strategies of donors, civil society and the governments of least developed countries.

But what is the Southern view of these eight goals? The project "Screens – Southern Visions of the Millennium Development Goals" has emerged from the observation that interpretation and analysis of "development" and of the MDGs rarely take account of the views of the South. It is in our interest to consider reports, interpretations, and viewpoints emerging from African countries, and to view these not only as the sending-countries of international migrants, but also as centres for the production of research, culture and information. This can also help us to promote more effective decentralised cooperation and development, as well as to increase awareness of the "public support for the MDGs".

The term “Screens” is a metaphor for the need to consider the “views” of the Millennium Development Goals emanating from the southern hemisphere, while also alluding to the “multimedia” nature of the materials included in the project.


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Subject leader:

Vittoria Stemma

The Municipality of Victoria: Victoria is a town in the province of Ragusa, located in southern Italy (Sicily). It currently has a population of 61,221 inhabitants.


Siggiewi stemmaLocal Council of Siggiewi, Malta: Siggiewi (or Città Ferdinand) Siggiewi is a country located on a plateau in south-west of Malta. The city of Siggiewi was founded on 1 March 1994. It is twinned with the city of Victoria. Currently has a population of 7,931 inhabitants.

Mateszalka stemmaMátészalka: Mátészalka is a town in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, located in the northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary. It is twinned with the city of Victoria and currently has a population of 18,084 inhabitants.

logo AeMAfrica e Mediterraneo: Africa e Mediterraneo is an association of social promotion that aims to promote intercultural knowledge, particularly between Italy and Africa, and development education. It was founded in 2002.

Member organisations:

Dar er_salamUUniversity of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

logo afriqueinvisuAssociation Afrique in visu, Mali / France

Logo planete_jeunesAssociation Planète Jeunes de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Logo-marecaelaMarê Caela Association, San Nicolao, Cape Verde

Organisations from sub-Saharan Africa play an active role in the communication and promotion of the Millennium Development Goals. Their main activities include: the collection, organisation and presentation of communicative, artistic and research-related materials on the Millennium Development Goals produced by African organisations. This research work is carried out by a team of researchers and journalists, predominantly from sub-Saharan Africa.  


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The project is funded by the European Union (total contribution: EUR 418,689.87, total project cost: 558262.87) N. Contract: Grant Contract - External Actions of the European Union - DCI-NSAED/2010/234-251


Screens - Southern visions of the MDGs