Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kenya will not meet Millenium Development Goals

Out of the eight Millennium Development Goals, Kenya will only be able to meet 2 of them by the target year of 2015.

Wycliffe Oparanya, a minister for development for Kenya, gave the update on meeting the goals in a speech Wednesday.

The goals that Kenya says they will be able to meet are universal primary education and battling diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria.

For not being able to meet the others, Kenya blames the lack of funds from the developed world. Only Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg give the amount aid that is needed for all developing countries to meet the Development Goals.

Our snippet contains what Kenya is still lacking. Alphonce Shiundu And Benjamin Muindi, writers for the Nation tell us what Kenya still has to take care of. We found this story from All Africa.

"The key challenge is inadequate financial resources... the donors' inability to honour their millennium declaration commitments," the minister said.

Mr Oparanya told the Nation that the country could beat the deadline if the donor countries "invested more in Kenya's economy."

"We are not interested in aid, all we need is for them to open up foreign trade for our goods and foreign investment in our country ... we need to create more jobs," he said.

The minister also disclosed that poverty levels had fallen from 56 per cent in 2003 to 46 per cent in 2006. "But the recent post-election skirmishes have pushed up this figure," he said.

The report paints a grim picture with regard to the state of the nation in 2015, with only eight years left.

Poverty, food insecurity, gender inequality, high unemployment, child and maternal mortality, according to the report, remain high on the list of challenges to be tackled.



2 comments:

Paul Merrill said...

"We are not interested in aid, all we need is for them to open up foreign trade for our goods and foreign investment in our country ... we need to create more jobs..."

That could be said for EVERY developing country around the world.

Anonymous said...

I pity Kenyans, I think Kenyan Politicians should start thinking outside the box and cooperate with other African countries to eradicate poverty.

I was stunned to hear that Kenyans oppose continental Government. I think some people are just silly.