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Are The Millennium Development Goals Unfair To Africa?

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) call for cutting extreme poverty in half, reducing child mortality by two-thirds, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, and achieving universal primary education by 2015. The UN MDG Report 2007 says...

Fixing Health Systems

The challenges that face Africa in the sphere of health care are formidable and often daunting. After decades of stagnant or worsening poverty and health indicators across the continent, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — adopted by the U...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, December 2005

This issue discusses the relevance of the Millennium development goals for Africa and why these goals will not succeed in relieving the poverty crisis in Africa. The article “Paying for Broken promises” covers the first referendum that was held i...

Integrated Results Based Management in Botswana: Institutions, Documentation and Progress to Date

"This paper analyses Botswana’s efforts at implementing the IRBM system. IRBM is a way of reforming public sectors through helping governments focus on proper, well-timed achievement of relevant goals and objectives. Such reform is carried out thr...

Capital Flight and Economic Development in Africa

"This paper takes a broad approach to the analyses and implications of capital flight for economic growth and development in Africa. It provides an overview of why capital flight constrains and undermines economic growth and development in Africa ...

The PRGF and Fiscal Space in Malawi

"The purpose of this study is to assess whether the fiscal space in Malawi has increased as a result of the implementation of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) programme and, if so, whether it has contributed to the implementation o...

The Challenges of Debt Sustainability in Africa: The Case of Ethiopia

"The development challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa are deep-rooted and numerous. In the case of Ethiopia, they include acute poverty (44.2% of its population below the poverty line); historically low economic growth (averaging 2.6% over the las...

Ecological Sanitation as a Water and Environmental Conservation Technology Option: The Case of Slum Communities in Kampala

"This study explores Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) as a Water and Environmental Conservation Technology (WECT) for slum communities in Kampala, Uganda. Information presented in this paper results from a research carried out in five slums of Kampa...

Despite Gains, Barriers Keep Health Care High on Africa's Priority List

"Access to health care gained the spotlight on national and international development agendas when the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration outlined a strategy for achieving universal access to primary health care by the year 2000. The Millennium Developmen...

Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy 2008 - 2012

"The EDPRS is set out as follows. Chapter 2 provides a summary of what Rwanda has achieved to date in terms of recent growth performance, poverty reduction, human development and governance reform. It identifies the major challenges to be faced in...

Getting to Zero: The Importance of the UNAIDS 2011–2015 HIV/AIDS Strategy for South Africa

"Despite the good news that the HIV/AIDS rate is declining through the efforts of various world AIDS campaigns, South Africa is still at the epicentre of the pandemic. Along with reaching the global commitments to achieve universal access to HIV p...

Africa: Major Development Challenges and their Capacity Building Dimensions

The paper examines eleven major development challenges, which face the African continent in its bid to achieve sustained growth and development in the 21st Century. Addressing these challenges is vital for achieving the United Nations Millennium D...

Challenges of Knowledge Harvesting and the Promotion of Sustainable Development for the Achievement of the MDGS in Africa

"In the present global economy, knowledge production is taking place at a fast pace. Knowledge is also becoming obsolete rapidly. For Africa to compete globally, it is imperative that it not only has access to global knowledge, but more important...

L’Accès des Ménages Pauvres à l’eau Potable dans les Banlieues de Dakar / Poor Households' Access to Safe Drinking Water In the Suburbs of Dakar

This paper is part of the research on understanding the interactions between MDGs and focuses on the objective of access to and availability of drinking water. The underlying conceptual framework is based on four interrelated propositions that wil...

On the Future Africa Wants: The Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

"This Policy & Practice Brief critically discusses the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda against lessons learnt from operationalisation of the MDGs, particularly in light of the fact that a truly humanist future is ...

The Sustainable Development Goals : Will they Deliver Climate Compatible Development for Vulnerable Countries?

"While the three dialogue countries have different national contexts in relation to the climate and development agenda, some common principles were articulated throughout the events: Tackling climate change is recognised as critical to the achiev...

Estimating Returns to Education in Zambia

"For a long time, Zambia has had no studies estimating returns to education despite this being a critical factor in knowing what is driving the demand to education, particularly different levels of education. This paper has estimated the returns t...

Structural Transformation in the African Context : Reflections on Priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Parliamentarians, civil society organisations and African thinkers who gathered in Midrand, South Africa, hosted by the Pan African Parliament, articulated what is emerging as a growing consensus in various fora taking place on the continent: ‘the...

Can Development Interventions Help Post-conflict Communities Build Social Cohesion? The Case of the Liberia Millennium Villages

"This paper evaluates the efforts of one international development intervention — the Kokoyah Millennium Villages Project (KMVP) — to improve welfare and build social cohesion in post-conflict Liberia. This study is based on a preliminary analysis...

Getting Coherence and Coordination Right: Principles for the Peacebuilding Policy Community

"This Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) seeks to establish a common understanding of the term ‘coherence’ which is specific to peacebuilding dynamics by unpacking its meaning within peacebuilding experiences. Secondly, this PPB will examine the variou...

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