1000 Days, MDGs and Africa

When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were officially established, it was agreed that they would be achieved by 2015. As of April 5th, there were 1000 days left to that 2015 target date. The development community has been abuzz with discussion on ways to accelerate action on the issues that the MDGs address.

Now is as good a time as any to take stock of the progress that has been made towards achieving the MDGs in Africa. According to the 2012 MDG Report, which is available here, Africa is on track to attain 3 of the 8 goals. These are; achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, and ensuring environmental sustainability. Of course there are issues concerning the 3 goals that still need to be addressed  but at least we have made continuous steps in the right direction. For that we celebrate.

The fact that Africa is on track with some goals is proof that attaining the MDGs is well within our collective reach. Although we will not attain all the MDGs by 2015, we can take calculated steps to ensure that we make progress towards attaining them as soon as is realistically possible.

As Africans, we need to continue to be invested in shaping development discourse and practice within our continent. Young people especially need to actively engage in finding solutions to Africa’s challenges. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to boldly stamp “ACHIEVED” on every MDG.

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