By Julie Mandoyan | April 19, 2012 - 15:00 GMT
In a statement released yesterday (18 April), the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a Geneva-based NGO chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, argued that inequality across the continent was the main impediment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). APP Executive Director, Caroline Kende-Robb, called upon world leaders to not only focus on economic growth as the driver of development gains, but also social development, the rule of law, and human rights.
Kende-Robb expressed concern that the continent would “miss 2015 goals by a wide margin at the current rate”. Even though some progress had been achieved, notably on maternal and child mortality rates, she noted that “Africa's wealth disparities [were] among the biggest in the world and the continent account[ed] for a rising share of world poverty”. According to Kende-Robb, the solution to the problem lay in harnessing “economic growth to more equitable opportunities and income distribution”. Measures aimed at addressing inequality would help all African countries to go “further and faster” in reaching the MDGs.
The APP's work focuses on African development, and especially the commitment of G8 members to allocate 0.7 percent of their GDP to aid — a target still not reached despite the original announcement coming during the Gleneagles summit in 2005. The MDGs were established in 2001 under the leadership of Annan, and formalize a range of development objectives to be reached by 2015.
(Photo © Africa Investor/APP)
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