This is not directly related to the Millennium Development Goals, but the current state of the world's economy will have a direct impact on implementing those goals. It also has a relationship with concepts such as PRSP (Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers). One interesting fact, Central Banks do not include food or energy in their inflation measurements which impacts the poor more than the rich. This is where my libertarian and progress sides are most in conflict. The blog Road to the Horizon provides a humanitarian perspective on the recent financial bailout in the United States by asking How much is $700 billion really?
I found this after having viewed his most recent talk from MIT. Rigobon can be rather irreverant, but there are many points of connection today with what he was saying back in 2004. The point about 3 billion people living on less than two dollars a day is more relevant to the Millennium Development Goals.MIT World » : Institutions, Geography, and Growth