From the point of view of an international development organization, setting a limited number of ‘Big Aid’ Goals such as the Millennium Development Goals can have enormous benefits. These goals, although being harder to attain, lead to a greater long term future for the organizations as well as the developing countries. As I will detail in the following paragraph, the benefits of having a limited number of development goals far outweigh trying to address all of the issues of development at once.
The main benefit of limiting the number of ‘Big Aid’ goals is that the limited number provides an International Development Organization with a more focused agenda from which to target issues. The reason that this is a good thing is that it allows these organizations to not only convince a wider range of countries to contribute funds, but also for every development goal that is reached due in part to the efforts of the organization, the organization gains credibility among donor states. Credibility on the international stage in the field of economics carries with it leverage and influence to convince other states to become contributors to development funds. As these few but large victories accrue, more money can be pulled in to help bring in other larger goals, allowing the list to expand. For successful International Development Organizations, it is a matter of quality over quantity that carries the day.
– Jeremiah Landin