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From goals to achievements

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Almost two thirds of developing countries reached gender parity at the primary school level by 2005. Maternal mortality rates have dropped by a third. As many as 76 developing nations are on track to reach the goal of access to safe drinking water. 

The statistics tell us there is a clear path to achieving the goals.  So in New York, the focus should be on action and the next concrete steps to turning the goals from paper targets to reality. Given a decade has passed, the time for just more talk has also passed. 

We know about the needs of people behind the statistics. Think of the agony of a woman about to give birth not knowing if she and her unborn child will live through the experience. There is also the young girl, working in the fields, yet dreaming of sitting in a classroom.

And think of the farmer, worried about losing some of his crop because he doesn’t have access to adequate weather information.

Action is about saving lives – a Tanzanian woman who hears on the radio about bed nets at the local clinic. It is about girls and boys in classrooms learning.  It is about farmers being able to double or even treble the amount of crop they get from their soil.

We’re all too familiar with the pain inflicted by the global financial crisis, and the steep rises in food, fuel and fertilizer prices.  For the developing world – and for Africa in particular – it was a harsh setback.

But the developing world – and Africa specifically with its billion consumers - can contribute to the recovery.  Helping countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals should also be about a recognition of the economic potential of these countries on the global stage.

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Submitted by Sir Nige on
Definitely agree - now is the time for action.

Submitted by DEMBA on
It is noted that in the 1970s and 1980s, notorious east European intellectuals coined the concepts of civil society and voluntarism as they sought means to frame peaceful grassroots dynamics to create a "parallel polis" and limit the scope of communist power by and large. After the lost decades of developments, the 1980s became the decade of "rectification," in some ways, echoing Soviet perestroika leading to the collapse of east European radical communism. With regards to the above contextual frameworks, non governmental actors in the development scene have shown flexibility in the delivery of their assistance package with less bureaucracy. In other words, civil society's organizations (CSOs) -independent journalists, academics, consumer organizations, action committees, environmental advocacy groups- across board, demonstrated pragmatism in making sure the needs of the poor are satisfied and their rights respected. To date, most assessments conducted over CSOs emphasize on their involvement level within local development practices, showing not that much interest in defining their core characteristics. Indeed unlike NGOs, CSOs played an important role as facilitators of a broader policy dialogue before being identified as a succinct entity with a specific identity. Due to conclusive outcomes led by CSOs in the development arena, most donors stressed the importance of involving these organizations in all national consultation processes. In Asia, due to ambiguity in local government affairs conduct, civil society organizations are engaged in an ever challenging identity definition. In Africa, illiteracy is still jeopardizing the fate of many development opportunities, holding communities in hostage of their local governments. In Eastern Europe and elsewhere new market driven approaches in the wake of biased political discourses make it even harder to bring visibility for an emerging civil society movement. Overall, through better rationale definition and networking between and across various civil societies' organization platforms, we can still move forward from a result-based set of indicators aimed at streamlining the impact of civil society organizations within our respective communities. Due to risky and unpredictable setbacks from non CSOs counter synergies, support from donors is expected to allow actors reconnect with their ultimate stance while on a mission to making sure the needs of the poor are satisfied and their rights respected.

Submitted by tochukwu on
Is time for Africa to rise up and take it's place in the world power system.and what better way to do it than to refresh the mind and thinking of the next generation...Africa need a revolution and the time is now....Africa needs a re-orientated mind set...let the individual get to know and master their abilities and put it into the economic system of the continent....we have great and intelligent people from Africa developing other Continent and ignoring their motherland...Well with God in us we shall prevail in all...Africa is blessed,Nigeria is blessed...

Its true Nigeria is indeed blessed with great and talented people who are in the hiding... for this better way to work there have to be, first of all: recongnition and acceptance of these individuals with this life transforming abilities... I think, getting these knowledge from other continets and using it to develop what we have will do us much good.

Submitted by Aimé on
Setting goals is the one thing achieving them is another thing!Time is come to link adresses to actions!no action no change and no sound transformation! Africa needs workaholic people to run faster than other world parts!Let's use wisely our ressouces in order to achieve golden goals for african people!

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