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Ending Poverty

September 9, 2005 • Volume 15, Issue 31
Is there new hope for sub-Saharan Africa?
By Peter Katel

Introduction

A mother in war-torn Sudan awaits treatment for a sick child. At least 2 million people have died in a civil war that began in 1983. Unrelated genocidal killings in Sudan's western Darfur province have killed as many as 400,000 people.  (U.S. Department of State)
A mother in war-torn Sudan awaits treatment for a sick child. At least 2 million people have died in a civil war that began in 1983. Unrelated genocidal killings in Sudan's western Darfur province have killed as many as 400,000 people. (U.S. Department of State)

In early July, President Bush and the other seven leaders of the world's leading industrial powers — the G-8 — agreed to double their global anti-poverty aid to $50 billion a year by 2010, with half the funding going to Africa. Some development experts say massive and well-targeted spending can wipe out the worst effects of poverty in Africa — the world's poorest continent — in just a few decades. But others, including some Africans, call that plan simplistic, warning that corruption, rampant HIV/AIDS, drought, malaria, lack of infrastructure and civil conflict remain major obstacles to fighting poverty. Indeed, projections show that sub-Saharan Africa will remain far from meeting the U.N.'s first anti-poverty target date, 2015. Meanwhile, even supporters of increased aid to sub-Saharan Africa and other impoverished regions worry that the rich countries may not keep the spending promises announced with great fanfare at the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.

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Sep. 2008  Crisis in Darfur
Jan. 2008  China in Africa
Sep. 09, 2005  Ending Poverty
Aug. 27, 2004  Stopping Genocide
Aug. 29, 2003  Aiding Africa
Nov. 08, 2002  Famine in Africa
Mar. 24, 1995  Democracy in Africa
Jan. 14, 1994  South Africa's Future
Mar. 23, 1990  U.S. Role in South Africa's Future
Nov. 07, 1986  Economic Turnabout In Africa
Jan. 17, 1986  Angola and the Reagan Doctrine
Sep. 09, 1983  South Africa's ‘Total Strategy’
Jul. 14, 1978  African Policy Reversal
Sep. 03, 1976  Africa and the Big Powers
Apr. 04, 1975  Southern Africa in Transition
Dec. 06, 1974  Ethiopia in Turmoil
May 09, 1973  African Nation Building
Feb. 28, 1968  Nigeria at War
Nov. 02, 1966  White Outposts in Southern Africa
Feb. 03, 1965  Congo Dilemma
Aug. 12, 1964  Red Rivalry in Africa
May 22, 1963  Political Turmoil in Southern Africa
Nov. 02, 1960  Tribalism and Nationalism in Africa
Sep. 28, 1960  Education for Africans
Apr. 10, 1959  Power Struggles in Colonial Africa
Aug. 20, 1958  Algerian Conflicts
Apr. 09, 1958  White Supremacy in South Africa
Sep. 11, 1957  Future of Algeria
Apr. 03, 1957  Political Awakening of Black Africa
Sep. 17, 1952  Africa and the West
Feb. 20, 1952  Nationalism in North Africa
Dec. 04, 1942  War Resources in Africa
May 29, 1935  Pre-War and Post-War Imperialism in Africa
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
HIV and AIDS
Humanitarian Assistance
Regional Political Affairs: Africa
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