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Working Paper 223 - Eliminating Extreme Poverty in Africa: Trends, Policies and the Role of International Organizations


In the early 2015, ‘eradicating extreme poverty for all people everywhere by 2030’ topped the list of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) expected to guide the post-2015 development agenda (UN, 2014).2 Given Africa’s potential and the track record, its poverty eradication agenda beyond the MDGs should focus on wealth creation and prosperity, together with reduced inequality. These goals can be achieved through growth that is high, but also of higher quality, namely inclusive and green. In other words, as Africa becomes a global growth pole in its own right, its growth should benefit all segments of the population and be environmentally sustainable (Hong, 2015; Janneh and Ping, 2012; AfDB et al., 2010).

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