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The effectiveness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as global paradigm shift for poverty eradication in sub-Saharan Africa

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dc.contributor.author Van der Elst, H J
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-14T12:40:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-14T12:40:02Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Van der Elst, H.J. 2012. The effectiveness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as global paradigm shift for poverty eradication in sub-Saharan Africa. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 8(1):134-153, Jul. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/6897
dc.description.abstract Despite isolated progress there seems to be no clear-cut guideline or solution to the collective eradication of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. In an attempt to overcome the above reality, the objective of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is short term poverty relief to the poorest of the poor by 2015. This is to be achieved through the realisation of eight pro-poor objectives. Since 2000 there has been notable progress. Developmental organisations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Freedom House Index project that global poverty will have been reduced to below fifteen per cent by 2015. The MDGs can, however, currently only be perceived as partially effective because poverty relief remains restricted to mainly Latin America and South and South East Asia. This partial success is substantiated by the reality that the majority of states in sub-Saharan Africa remains subjected to a cycle of extreme poverty, which seems impossible to overcome. There is consensus amongst many researchers that none of the MDGs will be achieved in this region by 2015. This article aims to critically analyse the nature, objectives and progress of the MDGs as a global developmental paradigm shift. In order to explore future trends and identify potential solutions, an emphasis is, however, placed on the possible reasons for the slow progress of the MDGs, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher North-West University en_US
dc.subject Global paradigm shift en_US
dc.subject New conditionality en_US
dc.subject Extreme poverty en_US
dc.subject Poverty eradication en_US
dc.subject Sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.subject Foreign aid en_US
dc.subject Deprivation hypothesis en_US
dc.subject Weak governance en_US
dc.subject Free-market approach and the poverty trap en_US
dc.title The effectiveness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as global paradigm shift for poverty eradication in sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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