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Reducing poverty in Africa: Realistic targets for the post-2015 MDGs and Agenda 2063
26 August 2014

The eradication of extreme poverty is a key component of the post-2015 MDG process and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This paper uses the International Futures forecasting system to explore this goal and finds that many African states are unlikely to make this target by 2030. In addition to the use of country-level targets, this paper argues in favour of a goal that would see Africa as a whole reducing extreme poverty to below 20% by 2030 (15% using 2011 purchasing power parity), and to below 3% by 2063.

About the authors

Sara Turner is a Research Associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, where she has been involved in research on health, human development, and international politics. She holds a master’s degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Jakkie Cilliers is the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria.

Barry B Hughes is John Evans Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, at the University of Denver. He initiated and leads the development of the International Futures forecasting system and is Series Editor for the Patterns of Potential Human Progress series.

 

 

This paper was made possible with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the US.