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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

MDGs: The poorest African countries are making the most overall progress

So says a new analysis by the London-based Overseas Development Institute and the U.N. Millennium Campaign. The report's been released prior to the G8 and G20 summits at week's end in Canada. They say 11 of the 20 countries making the most absolute progress are among the poorest in Africa. "Absolute" progress measures overall progress countries have made toward achieving the MDGs. Also, the analysis indicates about half of African countries are on track toward cutting poverty in half by 2015.The analysis shows that even if the MDG target date of 2015 is not met, many poor countries are moving in the right direction. The ODI and U.N. Millennium Campaign list of top 20 countries in "absolute" terms includes: Benin, Mali, Ethiopia, Gambia, Malawi, Viet Nam, Uganda, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Honduras, Mauritania, Ghana, China, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Togo.