Measuring Achievement Towards MDGs: A Multidimensional Perspective,
, Giza, Egypt, Statistics Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Sciece, Cairo Univerity, 2011.
When the phenomenon under study has many dimensions, one approach in studying such phenomenon is the construction of a composite index.
In this study, a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) overall Progress Index is constructed to assess the progress of Egyptian governorates towards achieving the first five MDGs. The status of MDGs is captured from the global perspective and the national perspective. Using SPSS and STATA software, secondary analysis of the existing 2000, 2005 and 2008 HIECS data is conducted.
Upon calculating specific MDG indicators, evidence of dramatic achievements by many governorates is found, such as Port Said, Suez, and Damietta. Such performance suggests that the governorates may achieve most of the highly ambitious MDGs. Moreover, Lower Egypt accounts for many of the star MDG performers. Not surprisingly, the list of laggards largely consists of governorates devastated by poverty, such as Assiut. Most governorates fall somewhere in between, demonstrating solid progress on some indicators and little on others.