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Welcome to the updated "Development Strategies That Work" database

The "Development Strategies that Work" database is a comprehensive 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 United Nations Economic and Social Council, dating from 2007 to 2015. The National Voluntary Presentations were a central tool within the UN for reviewing progress on the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The policy entries catalogued on this website highlight successes, challenges, development outcomes, lessons-learned and good practices from the National Voluntary Presentations with the aim to facilitate the sharing of information and identification of policies that could be replicated or adapted to other contexts. The experiences shared will help to inform the review and follow-up of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the new Sustainable Development Goals.

In the wake of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, UN DESA organized a workshop to take stock of eight years of National Voluntary Presentations and to contribute to the preparations for the follow-up and review of the implementation of the new development goals. The inter-regional workshop provided an opportunity to reflect on the experience of participating in the National Voluntary Presentations with a view to strengthen future review processes. Participants formulated recommendations for the UN system to strengthen national capacities for using goal-oriented, evidence-based, and participatory frameworks in the formulation, implementation and review of policies and strategies for sustainable development.

Last update: 18 December 2015

Browse Countries by Region


Algeria (2012), Cape Verde (2007), Ethiopia (2007), Gambia (2014), Ghana (2007), Kenya (2012), Malawi (2011), Mali (2009), Mauritius (2011), Mauritius (2012), Namibia (2010), Nigeria (2013), Republic of Congo (2010), Senegal (2011), Sudan (2009), Sudan (2014), Tanzania (2008), Zambia (2015)

Asia & the Pacific

Bangladesh (2007), Bangladesh (2011), Cambodia (2007), China (2009), Kyrgyzstan (2015), Lao PDR (2008), Mongolia (2010), Mongolia (2015), Pakistan (2011), Philippines (2015), Qatar (2011), Qatar (2012), Republic of Korea (2010), Sri Lanka (2009), Thailand (2014), Vietnam (2013)

Latin America & the Caribbean

Barbados (2007), Bolivia (2009), Bolivia (2014), Brazil (2010), Brazil (2012), Chile (2008), Ecuador (2012), Guatemala (2010), Jamaica (2009), Mexico (2011), Mexico (2014), Peru (2013), Venezuela (2011)

Economies in Transition

Belarus (2011), Georgia (2014), Kazakhstan (2008), Moldova (2010), Qatar (2014), Russian Federation (2012), State of Palestine (2014), Ukraine (2012)

Developed Economies

Australia (2010), Belgium (2008), Finland (2008), France (2010), France (2013), Germany (2011), Japan (2009), Kuwait (2014), Luxembourg (2008), Netherlands (2010), Norway (2010), Portugal (2010), United Kingdom (2008), United Kingdom (2014), United States (2010)


  • From 2 to 4 December 2015, in Kingston, Jamaica, senior officials from more than 20 countries representing every continent joined experts from UN DESA and the Planning Institute of Jamaica to share their experiences of implementing and reviewing the internationally agreed developing goals, including the MDGs, with a view to discussion options for enhancing follow-up and review in the post-2015 context.
  • In 2015, the final National Voluntary Presentations were held before the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs. Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Philippines and Zambia made presentations during the UN Economic and Social Council's Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on 10 July 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York.

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)