In this short interview, Liepollo Lebohang Pheko outlines the background of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’ formation at the beginning of the 2000s and puts them in their colonial and neoliberal political context. She offers a trenchant critique of the MDGs from a feminist and anti-colonial perspective and shows how the post-2015 development agenda reproduces the shortcomings of the MDGs.n
Liepollo Lebohang Pheko is an activist, a scholar and a commentator. She runs a consulting company called Four Rivers Trading which advises international organizations such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The dialogue forum "Colonialism, Development Cooperation and the MDGs in Africa – who is actually developing whom" with Liepollo Pheko took place as part of the project "African Perspectives on Global Challenges in the context of the post-2015 agenda process", conducted by AfricAvenir e.V. in 2014/2015. nSee the project website.nWith the friendly support from Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (LEZ) and Engagement Global.nn