Tuesday, May 16, 2006

African poverty: Seven Proposed Reforms

The Economist reports: African poverty: The Magnificent Seven:"...the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed on in 2000,which set such targets as halving the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day by 2015.
...The Millennium Project is trying to show how a few simple reforms, seven in all, can substantially improve lives and provide livelihoods. These are: fertiliser and seed to improve food yield; anti-malarial bed nets; improved water sources; diversification from staple into cash crops; a school feeding programme; deworming for all; and the introduction of new technologies, such as energy-saving stoves and mobile phones."

One might ask if these are the core to development elsewhere. Malarial mosquitos bite at dusk and dawn, though nets are clearly helpful for nighttime. But dengue fever mosquitos bite during the day.

And which new technologies can be introduced that also can be sustained? One immediately thinks of recharging batteries for mobile phones in a place where electricity is intermittent at best.

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