Skip to main content

Social Development: Progress So Far

  • Chapter
  • First Online:
Future Directions in Social Development


This chapter provides a summary of progress made so far in the social development field from the perspective of goals and targets. It looks at state and organizational responses to social development; and the achievements of goals and targets and outcomes. Organizations such as multi-lateral institutions (e.g., United Nations), state governments and nongovernment agencies have shown encouraging responses to social development ideas and plans, though such responses alone may not be adequate. The review provides the global and regional level assessments of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the critique of them. In the last section, it introduces the promising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and initial reactions to them. This analysis hopefully presents a glimpse of progress made to advancing social development.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

Similar content being viewed by others


Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Copyright information

© 2017 The Author(s)

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Pawar, M. (2017). Social Development: Progress So Far. In: Midgley, J., Pawar, M. (eds) Future Directions in Social Development. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Download citation

Publish with us

Policies and ethics