The second issue of Africa's Pulse was released on October 8, 2010. It provides the following analysis on African countries:
1. Recent economic trends and prospects
2. Trends in country policies and institutions
3. Progress toward the MDGs
Summary of findings:
- Before the global economic crisis, Sub-Saharan Africa was enjoying over a decade of policy improvements and strong growth, averaging more than 5 percent a year in 2000-08.
- Thanks to this policy-driven growth and improved service delivery, the region saw an impressive acceleration in progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.
- Despite a decline in the payoff to economic reforms during the global crisis, African policymakers continued to implement sensible economic policies.
- Although Sub-Saharan Africa was hit hard by the crisis, growth has rebounded and the region is experiencing a broad-based recovery.
- The crisis has set back progress on the MDGs. But as the countdown to 2015 begins, the region is well positioned to ramp up momentum on achieving the MDGs.
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