Updated: Oct 5, 2021
Turn on your TV, radio or pick up a newspaper and you might be forgiven for thinking that nothing has changed over the last 20 - 30 years in countries stricken by poverty (many reading this, will immediately think "Africa". Remember, Africa is a huge contenant made up of 54 countries, many of which are as developed as some in Europe). BUT, you may have to think again..... Progress is being made at a startling rate!
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) were a commitment entered into by world leaders in the year 2000 in order to:
"spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty" by the end of 2015.
The MDG's have proved to be the most successful anti-poverty movement in human history. A re-think of the progress being made globally in the fight against extreme poverty may be required.
To start at the beginning, EIGHT MDG's were agreed upon by world leaders in 2000. These were:
MDG 1 - Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
MDG 2 - Achieve universal primary education
MDG 3 - Promote gender equality and empower women
MDG 4 - Reduce child mortality
MDG 5 - Improve maternal health
MDG 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
MDG 7 - Ensure environmental sustainability
MDG 8 - Develop a global partnership for development
More than one billion people have been assisted out of extreme poverty
The very observant of you will have noticed that the majority of the above, forms the framework for Nurture Africa's work in Uganda, placing this organiastion (responsible for Irish tax payers money through our partnership with Irish Aid) very much at the forefront of this quest to end the injustice of extreme poverty.
The UN has just released its Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 and the results are staggering...... The global effort implemented through the MDG's has resulted in lifting more than ONE BILLION people out of extreme poverty.
To break the numbers down a bit further.....
MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved
The number of people living in the working middle class (living on more than $4 a day) has almost tripled.
Families living on less than $1.25 a day (poverty line) has dropped by approximately 70%.
The proportion of undernourished people in developing countries has almost halved to 13 in every 100.
Nurture Africa intervention: Through our projects in Uganda, assisting people to break the cycle of poverty that exist in their lives is Nurture Africa's number one target.
MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education
Nine of every ten children in developing regions are now enrolling in primary school.
The number of out-of-school primary school aged children worldwide has fallen by nearly 50%
The literacy rate among youth aged 15 to 24 has increased globally from 83% to 91% and the gap between women and men has narrowed.
Nurture Africa intervention: Through our Education Enablment Project, Nurture Africa is supporting over 6000 children through primary school education.