Category Archives: MDGs

Slight fall in world’s children without schools

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent

 Makeshift school in Lagos, 2013 Makeshift school in Lagos: Nigeria has the most children without schools

Makeshift school in Lagos, 2013 Makeshift school in Lagos: Nigeria has the most children without schools

The global figure for the number of children without access to schools has fallen to 57 million, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

But the improvement is unlikely to be enough to meet the millennium pledge for primary education for all by 2015.

These latest figures are for 2011 and are a fall from an estimate of 61 million missing school in 2010. Continue reading

How Poor Is Too Poor?

New Internationalist
The world is on track to meet the first of the Millennium Development Goals – to halve the number of people living below the poverty line by 2015. The trouble is that this line – set at a dollar a day – is a deeply flawed and unreliable measure of poverty. David Woodward explains why, and proposes a radical new rights-based measure.

More than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. Desmond Boylan / Reuters

How we define poverty is critically important. Poverty is a moral concept: ‘poor’ is something we consider that people should not be. So, by setting our poverty targets according to a particular poverty line, we are saying that it is quite acceptable for people to live at that level of income, just as long as they don’t fall below it.

Millennium Development Goal One defines poverty as having an income below the dollar-a-day line – although actually this is now $1.25 per person per day, at purchasing power parity (PPP), at 2005 prices. This means that it is an income which would buy the same as $1.25-a-day in the US in 2005. Continue reading

Nigeria and Millennium Development Goals

This Day OnLine

African Charter Article# 22: All peoples shall have the r ight to their economic, social and cultural development within the common heritage of humanity .

Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs says to achieve the MDGs by 2015 Nigeria requires a whopping $170.30 billion within a period of six years starting by 2010. This raises the issue of what has actually been achieved. To cost the MDGs out of the expectation and hope of Nigerians is unacceptable.

The Millennium Develop-ment Goals (MDGs) is a UN initiative launched in 2000 and adopted by UN member states in 2001 under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to improve the lot of humanity by 2015. Nigeria is a member of that international effort and so much money and personnel at state and Federal levels have been deployed to achieve the MDGs by 2015. Continue reading

Impoverished Haiti Slips Further as Remittances Dry Up

Washington Post

By Mary Beth Sheridan


Residents paint images depicting President Barack Obama, center, and Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean on a wall at the slum of Bel Air in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, April 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) (Ramon Espinosa – AP)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 16 — The U.S. economic crisis touched down recently in the dusty town where Marie Rosita Simon ekes out a living selling sandals. Her brother, a New Jersey cabdriver, slashed his monthly $400 transfer to her by half because his business was off.

For Simon, that amounted to a 40 percent plunge in income for her family of five. Coming after a horrendous year in which food prices soared and hurricanes washed away her plantain and bean crops, the 43-year-old street vendor decided something had to go: dinner. And sometimes she can’t provide breakfast for her children.

“They’re hungry,” she confessed. Continue reading