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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 presentationsprepared for the Annual Ministerial Reviews of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, dating from 2007 when the first presentations were made, to 2015. 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 will make presentations at the Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC (see announcements for details), which will be the final year for review before the transition to the new post-2015 development agenda.

Last update: 18 June 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)


In 2015, the National Voluntary Presentations (NVPs) will be held during the UN Economic and Social Council's Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on 10 July 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. It takes place in the broader context of the Economic and Social Council's high-level segment week (6-10 July 2015), which brings together representatives from Government, civil society, academia and the private sector to address development issues, and assess progress on the United Nations development agenda. In 2015, there will be four volunteer countries: 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 are being uploaded in the run-up to the meeting.

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)