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Welcome to the updated "Development Strategies That Work" database

The "Development Strategies that Work" database is a growing collection of policies, outcomes and analysis based on information provided by governments in the national reports and national voluntary presentations prepared for the Annual Ministerial Reviews of the Economic and Social Council, dating from 2007 when the first presentations were made, to 2014 (with 2015 forthcoming). The policy entries highlight successes, challenges, development outcomes, lessons-learned and good practices with the aim to facilitate the sharing of information and identification of policies that could be replicated or adapted to other contexts. In July 2015, four more countries are scheduled to make presentations at the 2015 Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC (see announcements for details).

Last update: 4 May 2015

Browse Countries by Region


Algeria, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius 2011, Mauritius 2012, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal 2011, Sudan 2009, Sudan 2014, Tanzania, The Gambia

Asia & the Pacific

Bangladesh 2007, Bangladesh 2011, Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Pakistan, Qatar 2011, Qatar 2012, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

Latin America & the Caribbean

Barbados, Bolivia 2009, Bolivia 2014, Brazil 2010, Brazil 2012, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico 2011, Mexico 2014, Peru, Venezuela

Economies in Transition

Belarus, Georgia , Kazakhstan, Moldova, Qatar 2014, Russian Federation, State of Palestine, Ukraine

Developed Economies

Australia, Belgium, Finland, France 2010, France 2013, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom 2008 , United Kingdom 2014, United States


In 2015, the National Voluntary Presentations (NVPs) will be held during the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on 9 and 10 July 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. There will be four volunteer presenters: Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Philippines and Zambia. The theme of the 2015 AMR is "Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take." Their national reports and related policy entries will be uploaded shortly.

Policy Matters

How did Tanzania reduce infant and child mortality?
The Government developed strategies to reduce infant mortality and child mortality through improved vaccination coverage and availability of services including drugs at the time of need. Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) has also rolled-over to all districts. These policies achieved the result of decreasing child mortality from 191 per a thousand live births in 1990 to 133 in 2005. Infant mortality declined from 115 (1990) to 68 (2005). (view policy)