Category: AIF Issue 50

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A universal template of human development

SDGs: overview Although African countries lag behind in implementing SDGs, the 17 goals are being institutionalised around the continent By Osita Agbu Today, the world is faced with developmental problems, many of which are global in nature and require concerted action to address. These problems can be expressed as goals and targets that need to […]

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Africa in the wider world

SDGs: global partnerships Global partnerships are especially important to Africa where the strain on resources and institutions requires more support from developed nations By Andrew Donaldson Responding to climate change protests in the British capital in April this year, the London Sunday Times said that activists should be reminded of the country’s exemplary record in […]

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Utopian fantasy or attainable reality?

SDGs and global growth Changing political and economic dynamics are set to make achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 a great deal more difficult By Ronak Gopaldas On the 25 September 2015, 193 countries adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN, which would come into force on 1 January, 2016. The goals, […]

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The path out of poverty

SDG 1: poverty Africa will be home to 87% of the world’s poorest people by 2030, but that shocking figure hides the real progress made by some countries By Richard Jurgens, Susan Russell and Charmain Naidoo In 2004, the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev told world leaders: “We are all agreed that poverty is the […]

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Making sure no one’s left behind

Data dive: SDG 1 Poverty eradication requires integrated strategies that address a complex range of variables By Sixolile Ngqwala African countries are in the process of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda of 2030, a UN-driven development framework that is expected to be implemented by all UN member states. The SDGs focus on three […]

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Fixing farming is a complex challenge

SDG 2: zero hunger Policies are at the core of eradicating hunger and many African countries are now aligning the SDGs with national development plans By Esther Ngumbi Despite the progress made over the past few decades, a staggering 257 million Africans are hungry and food insecure. The majority of the hungry live in rural […]

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Steady progress at a slow rate

SDG 3: healthy lives and wellbeing for all Applying global SDG targets to Africa is counterproductive and fails to recognise the continent’s actual achievements By Paul Adepoju In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved Resolution 70/1, which contained its agenda for 2030, especially the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each of the 17 SDGs included […]

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Lots of talk, little progress

SDG 4: Education Quality education in Africa looks like a hopeless case, but it’s a matter of taking the right steps By Munyaradzi Makoni Africa has high levels of inequality, between regions and within nations. Its countries also have different levels of development and different capacities to exploit their resources. These disparities can make it […]

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One step forward, two steps back

SDG 5: gender equality Higher levels of political representation for women in Africa have not necessarily advanced gender equality, with this disparity most acutely experienced at the grassroots level By Helen Grange Gender equality is arguably one of the most elusive of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most African countries have embraced progressive legislation […]

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The Cinderella of sustainable development goals

  SDG 6: clean water and sanitation More than 900 million Africans lack water-flushed toilets, hand-washing facilities, clean drinking water and related services By Marcel Gascón Barberá Giving everyone access to clean water and sanitation might well be the least engaging of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) set by the UN in 2015 to address […]

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Switching on one step at a time

SDG 7: affordable and clean energy Africa is making progress with efforts to provide people with electricity, but much more needs to be done to advance the use of cleaner cooking By Joe Walsh As a whole, Africa has struggled to make serious progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, affordable and clean energy. Of […]

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