Boosting crisis response and financing key for Africa's continued progress : tackling vulnerabilities should be at the center of continent's development efforts
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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Tackling vulnerabilities should be at the center of continent’s development efforts. While an increasing number of Africans are enjoying higher living standards, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa should redouble efforts to ensure crises such as the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa do not reverse development achievements, according to a report released here today during the African Economic Conference. However, conflict, political instability and natural or man-made disasters threaten to unravel the progress made on the MDGs, the eight internationally-agreed targets to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015. The continent is currently on track to meet the primary school enrolment and gender parity targets, with 25 countries achieving net enrolment ratios of 80 percent or above. Gender equality is also on the increase in national parliaments, with the continent ranking third in the world behind Latin America and developed regions.