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The Continent’s Hope in the Achieving the MDGs: South Africa

By Mandeep S.Tiwana, policy manager, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation 

Recently, the South African Parliament hosted a seminar on the ‘Role of Legislatures in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs). One of the topics under discussion by lawmakers was the role of South Africa in harnessing aid and global partnerships for development in Africa.

A question that immediately comes to mind is whether Africa’s most hopeful democracy and strongest economic power is doing enough to support the achievement of the MDGs in its neighbourhood. A number of countries on the continent are significantly lagging with regard to targets set under these eight international development goals that all U.N. member states and major international organisations have agreed to work together to achieve by 2015...(read more)