Despite progress, Africa has many challenges ahead, report says

September 28, 2015

The Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the UN member states last week, represents a new opportunity for the African continent to face pending challenges and to achieve important progress in its development, according to a report released this Monday that has included the participation of the UN Development Program (UNDP).

Innovation and investment in specific areas have improved the living conditions of many Africans and boosted economic growth, improving education, combating HIV and other diseases, and increasing the participation of women in politics.

Remarkable progress has also been made in the fight against poverty, although the general average is still around 48% of the population.

However, the report by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union and the African Development Bank points out that there is more work to be done and that, although economic growth has been strong, it has not had enough pace or the necessary inclusion to create jobs or offer a higher quality education.

The report also notes that over-reliance on development aid has hampered progress in some areas that had been set since 2000.

It is added that, with the perspective that this type of aid provided by the richest countries will remain low between this year and 2018, with an average of around 47,000 million dollars per year, efforts should be concentrated on boosting and diversifying the economies , mobilize national resources and seek new partnerships.

In addition, the resilience of communities to the effects of climate change, to health crises such as the Ebola epidemic, and to conflict and insecurity must be increased.

September 28, 2015

The Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the UN member states last week, represents a new opportunity for the African continent to face pending challenges and to achieve important progress in its development, according to a report released this Monday that has included the participation of the UN Development Program (UNDP).

Innovation and investment in specific areas have improved the living conditions of many Africans and boosted economic growth, improving education, combating HIV and other diseases, and increasing the participation of women in politics.

Remarkable progress has also been made in the fight against poverty, although the general average is still around 48% of the population.

However, the report by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union and the African Development Bank points out that there is more work to be done and that, although economic growth has been strong, it has not had enough pace or the necessary inclusion to create jobs or offer a higher quality education.

The report also notes that over-reliance on development aid has hampered progress in some areas that had been set since 2000.

It is added that, with the perspective that this type of aid provided by the richest countries will remain low between this year and 2018, with an average of around 47,000 million dollars per year, efforts should be concentrated on boosting and diversifying the economies , mobilize national resources and seek new partnerships.

In addition, the resilience of communities to the effects of climate change, to health crises such as the Ebola epidemic, and to conflict and insecurity must be increased.