Reporter’s Guide to the Millennium Development Goals

IPI in 2013 published the “Reporter’s Guide to the Millennium Development Goals: Covering Development Commitments for 2015 and Beyond”, a first-of-its-kind manual for journalists on how to cover human development and, thereby, remind the public of government commitments to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Written by journalists with deep and diverse experience covering stories that impact communities across the globe, the Guide contains nearly 200 pages of advice on how to effectively report on development-related issues. These include not only the “core” MDG themes – including poverty, gender equality and education – but also newly acknowledged roadblocks to progress, such as corruption, energy poverty and lack of government transparency.

To view a copy of the Guide's Table of Contents in English, click Initiates file downloadhere.

You can Opens internal link in current windowdownload PDFs of the full Guide in English (6,8 mb), French (8 mb), Portuguese (8,2 mb) or Spanish (7,7 mb).

Production of the Guide was made possible in part by a grant from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). The European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) and the Spanish news agency EFE donated the majority of the book’s photographs. IPI also thanks students at Universidad Central de Venezuela, Université Laval (Québec, Canada) and Universidade do Porto (Portugal) for translating the book into Spanish, French and Portuguese, respectively. IPI also recognises the Institut Français de Vienne for a grant to help produce the French version.

IPI also plans to release an Arabic translation.

Scroll down for videos from the online launch of the Guide on Dec. 10, 2013.


Introduction by IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie

What are the MDGs and why should journalists care?

A right, Not a Privilege: Tips on Covering Education

Global is Local, Local is Global: Tips on Covering the Environment

Interview in Spanish with MDG Guide Co-Editor Mariela Hoyer

One Problem, Many Dimensions: Tips on Covering Poverty