|United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)|
The latest report indicates that Rwanda ties with Ethiopia, on the continent followed by Angola, Burundi, Mali, Mozambique, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.
It says Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being but insecurity as well as natural or human-induced disasters persists in some parts of the region.
“Withstanding crises and protecting the most vulnerable who are the most affected are key to ensuring development progress is sustainable and inclusive,” Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa said.
He urged countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to intensify their battle against deprivation and prevent crises from setting back recent development advances.
The report cites jobs, social protection and more cohesive societies among the requirements needed to secure the region’s development gains.
It says preventing shocks and promoting opportunities for all can effectively help reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience.
Helen Clark, administrator for UNDP said poverty eradication is not just about ‘getting to zero’ but it is also about staying there.
”The report’s focus on resilience is highly relevant to current discussions on the post 2015 global development agenda,” Clark said.
The report calls on countries to transition from agricultural based economies into industry and services, while supporting investments in infrastructure and education so that modern formal employment gradually incorporates most of the workforce.