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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGs)

Evbuomwan, Grace O. (2015) AN ASSESSMENT OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGs). In: Conference of the Nigerian economic society , Abuja.

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Abstract

This paper highlighted the importance of the family in the society as well as the negative impact poverty, war and diseases can have on the development of the family. It went on to review the eight MDGs set in 2000 for attainment on or before 2015 which also targeted the most vulnerable groups in the family (the women and children). Available data from the World Bank and the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that though substantial progress has been made towards attaining the various targets set for the MDGs but, only MDG Goal 3/Target 3A, aimed at gender parity in primary and secondary school was fully met in Nigeria in 2012 as indicated by NBS 2014 national survey results of 1.0 and 1.02 ratio of girls to boys in primary and secondary school at the national level. Nigeria did not meet fully all of the other MDG goals and targets and actually retarded rather than progress with respect to MDG Goal 1/Target 1A, Goal 6/Target 6A and Goal 7/Target 7C. Proportion of the population that had access to improved sanitation facilities for instance, actually declined from 37 per cent in 1990 to 28 per cent in 2012 in Nigeria rather than increase by 50 per cent from the 1990 level. Therefore, a lot still needs to be done in Nigeria and most other developing countries, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to assist families in this part of the world to be able to contribute their quota to economic development in their environment and the world at large. More investments are needed in the education and health sectors and priorities must be given to the vulnerable groups (women and children) as well as very poor families who performed worse.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 07:40
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 07:40
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/10182

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