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Submitted by Wolfgang on
Dear Max, I was suprised myself but today, there are already 22 African countries countries (representing 400 million people) that have passed the Middle Income Threshold (here is a previous blog, based on an article with Shanta Devarajan, which illustrates Africa’s road to Middle Income: http://blogs.worldbank.org/africacan/africas-mics). However, you have a point: Middle Income does not mean that these countries have fewer problems. For example, Gabon is notionally one of the wealthiest countries in Africa but 70 percent of its people are below the poverty line and its immunization rates are worse than most fragile states. However, one thing changes when you reach Middle Income (sometimes even earlier): Donor money typically becomes less important which means that at least the international partners need to adjust to a new reality. Best Wolfgang