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The Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Reduction and Future of Sub-Saharan Africa: A Prognostic Analysis

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The advent of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coincided with a transition period from Structural Adjustment to Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and a general focus on Human Development. The paper critically reviewed extant literature on the MDGs as it affects Africa. The trend analysis shows that the state of MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa is worrisome especially as we are approaching the terminal 2015 expected year of achieving most of these goals. Based on this, the paper argues that, despite the persistent increase of external funds and aids targeted at making sure Africa achieves the MDGs, the region is yet to transform these gestures into tangible sustainable development. The paper examined the policy constraints and bottlenecks that frustrate achieving the MDGs. It also attempts to identify key areas where policy coherence and harmonization is required if progress towards MDGs achievements is to be accelerated. The paper further concludes that effective collaboration and commitment between governments and civil society and other relevant stakeholders is crucial and timely in creating the necessary synergy that will redefine the development priorities and strategies in a way that works for the majority of Africans.

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Iwuamadi, C. (2014) The Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Reduction and Future of Sub-Saharan Africa: A Prognostic Analysis. Open Access Library Journal, 1, 1-16. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1100610.

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