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30 Years of economics for development

Africa's Economic Development

Africa remains in many ways one of the world’s most challenging regions for achieving development. The UN Millennium Development Goals are particularly relevant to Africa: eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership with respect to aid, debt and trade. UNU-WIDER has undertaken an extensive range of research on Africa, including country case studies but also, and perhaps more importantly, comparisons with other developing regions. These studies have explored reducing poverty, increasing the level and effectiveness of external finance, problems associated with conflict and reconstruction, economic growth and improving the quality of institutions.

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