Here are two links to journal articles concerning different aspects of the Millenium Goals in two different areas of the world. The first deals with the fallability of measurable goals. The next with the role of microfinance in eliminating poverty.
"Those involved in the millennium development goal (MDG) campaign routinely state “Africa will miss all the MDGs.” This paper (by William Easterly) argues that a series of arbitrary choices made in defining “success” or “failure” as achieving numerical targets for the MDGs made attainment of the MDGs less likely in Africa than in other regions even when its progress was in line with or above historical or contemporary experience of other regions. The statement that “Africa will miss all the MDGs” thus has the unfortunate effect of making African successes look like failures."
"This article critically evaluates a non-governmental initiative to empower extremely poor women through entrepreneurial microfinance, and examines the socioeconomic impacts in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDGs). This article covers both primary and secondary information."
Ahmed, S. (n.d.). Development Innovations through Entrepreneurial Microfinance and the Attempt to Achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in Bangladesh. Advances in Social Work, 13(2), 358–374.