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Economy: Poverty declining in the world except in Africa, according to the World Bank
The World Bank has published a study Tuesday showing that the number of people living below the poverty line in the world had dropped sharply between 1981 and 2005, with sharp regional disparities, sub-Saharan Africa continues to suffer
SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR ACTION: Signing of agreements relating to training and the inclusion of youth
1299 Mauritanians young, including 94 in Nouadhibou and the rest in Nouakchott, will undertake training before their final integration into active life. This is reflected eight agreements signed Tuesday between the Ministry of Employment, and private partners.
Runaway food costs for the poor finally get the attention they deserve
When I was in Mozambique in January, they were blocking streets with burning tires and over-turned cars to protest an increase of a few pennies in the 28-cent cost of a bus ride. One person was killed and scores were injured in clashes with policies, and there was also moderate property damage and disruption.
DEVELOPING NATIONAL ANTI-POVERTY PLANS
The 1995 Social Summit’s programme of action calls for “national poverty eradication plans”—preferablybeginning in 1996—to address “the structural causes of poverty”. These plans are to push for local, nationaland international actions to eradicate extreme povertyand substantially reduce overall poverty. Such plans, at the heart of national efforts to addresspoverty, help focus and coordinate activities and buildsupport.
A new anti-poverty remedy ?
At the end of the 1990s, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund announced a shift in the focus of their lending policies in Africa towards poverty reduction and invited public consultations to help define the strategy. Some hailed this as an innovative departure from the controversial macroeconomic policies the two institutions had previously emphasized in Africa.
Mauritanian Refugees Go Home
Some 24,000 Mauritanians, who fled to Senegal nearly two decades ago after a long-standing border dispute escalated into ethnic violence, are set to start returning home within weeks under a United Nations-backed voluntary repatriation programme.

 

 

 




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