Cape Verde success amongst Portuguese-speaking Africa in meeting Millennium Development Goals

6 June 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 6 June – Fulfilment of Millennium Development Goals by Portuguese-speaking African countries suffers from a lack of statistical information but Cape Verde is one of the few “successful cases,” according to a study published in Lisbon.

According to Luís Brites Pereira, one of the authors of the “Cumprir Bissau” study, ordered by the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) from the Portuguese Institute for Scientific and Tropical Research (IICT), this is just “a first step” in the concrete monitoring of progress in Portuguese-speaking African countries and Brazil.

The Millennium Goals outline targets in eight areas: Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, universal primary education, promoting gender equality and women, reducing infant mortality, improving maternal healthcare and combating AIDS, Malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development.

In the MDG monitor created by the United Nations on the Internet, experts have drawn up a scenario for each of the countries, although for many of them the UN recognises that there is no information available.

Cape Verde is clearly ahead of other Portuguese-speaking African countries, and has achieved half of the goals, one is on the way to being achieved and there is insufficient information in relation to another three, in the general assessment of the MDG programmes, which is available without a statistical basis.

This performance is actually better than Brazil’s, where have of the goals have been achieved and the other half are considered to be on their way to being achieved.

In Angola the majority of the goals are considered to be “achievable, if there are policy changes,” as is the case in Guinea Bissau and Mozambique, and for East Timor there is a lack of data. (macauhub)