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MDG Report 2009 - Full Report
The year 2008 was characterized by three defining crises – the food crisis, the fuel crisis, and the global financial and economic crisis – the ripple effects of which are still being felt in 2009 and the aggregate of which is yet to be fully determined. The impact of these crises on poor regions has been severe. The number of poor and hungry people has risen across the developing world, but more acutely in Africa. This number is likely to increase, depending on the severity and duration of the current global economic recession.
It is against the background of these crises that our three pan-African institutions prepared the report, Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals, 2009. The impetus for this report comes from two sources: the 2005 United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Abuja mandated the Commission to prepare an annual report on progress toward the Millennium Development Goals in Africa, and second the 2005 Sirte Decision of the African Union, which mandated the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with ECA and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to annually prepare status reports on progress toward attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa.