Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Africa’s Recent MDG Performance

Africa’s slow progress on social indicators can be linked to policymakers’ inability to solve the continent’s food insecurity problem, the theme of this report. Africa’s food insecurity predates the MDGs. Since the mid-1980s, the number of food emergencies in African countries has tripled, and emerging challenges like climate change and underdeveloped agriculture have only made the problem worse. How does this phenomenon affect other MDGs, particularly those for health? And how would a concerted effort to improve agriculture, food distribution and nutrition fast-track progress towards other MDGs? Read More

Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

  • Poverty Reduction is lagging behind economic Growth
  • Food price hikes and the recurring droughts in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa are among key factors accounting for slow progress in nutrition levels

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Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Nearly half the countries in Africa have achieved gender parity in primary school

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Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases

While tuberculosis and malaria remain serious health threats, Africa as a whole has halted the spread of both

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Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

As a percentage of their combined gross national incomes, ODA to developing countries and least developed countries in general declined 4 per cent in real terms in 2012 following a 3 per cent decline in 2011

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Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

Attending primary school in Africa is becoming the norm, but the quality of education remains a challenge

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Goal 4 and 5: Reduce child mortality and Improve Maternal Health

Despite good progress, Africa still has the greatest burden of child and maternal deaths

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Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

Africa is doing well in limiting CO2 emissions and ozone-depleting substances, yet forest cover is shrinking, and most countries struggle to meet targets on water and sanitation

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Post-2015 Development Agenda

With less than 1,000 days until 2015, the discourse is shifting from an exclusive focus on achieving the MDGs to reflections and debate on the defining elements of the successor framework—the post-2015 development agenda (ECA et al., forthcoming). Read More

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