$3bln needed to fight poverty annually

via $3bln needed to fight poverty annually 05/11/2013  by The Source

ZIMBABWE will need to invest about $3 billion annually if it is to reduce poverty by 50 percent by the end of the year 2015 under the Millennium Development Goals, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) official has said.

About 62 percent of Zimbabwe’s 13 million population is classified as poor, according to official statistics.

In the rural areas, the average consumption per person per month stands at $4,70, compared to $87 for people in urban areas according to a 2011 report on poverty by the national statistics agency.

Zimbabwe currently has a target to spend at least $600 million on poverty reduction programmes, but has failed to meet it due to its poor economic performance over the last decade, said Udo Etukudo, the UNDP economic adviser in Zimbabwe.

“It is common knowledge that most African countries will fail to meet their millennium development goals by 2015 and what is important now is for African governments to begin to refocus on mistakes of the previous MDGs,” Etukudo told journalists attending an International Labour Organisation workshop in Nyanga.

He said there had been notable economic growth in the country between 2009 and 2012, although economic development was lagging behind.

“Industrialisation is on the decline in Zimbabwe, especially those companies which were established after 1980. Job creation is not really taking shape.

“What we are seeing now is the emergence of new industries, for instance the information and communication technology and the small to medium enterprises, special skills and techniques,” he said.

Etukudo said poverty reduction remained a great challenge to most African governments especially those in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We have an economic growth of around six and half percent in Africa including Zimbabwe, but the majority of the people remain poor,” he said.



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    Sadly poverty eradication has never been in zanu vocabulary. The master criminals only know self enrichment

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    Shebah 10 years ago

    Some one living on $4.70 per month in rural Zimbabwe. Which area is that, every one should be died by now. Why is every one so healthy, why do we have so many cars even in rural farming communities. More than 300 cars are cleared at the border every day. Who is buying them and from what source. Beware of the cooked statistics meant to create regime change atmosphere

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    Chivulamapoti 10 years ago

    She always mentions cars, read Shebah’s other posts, For some reason this woman judges a country’s wealth by it’s rusty bakkies, dented combies, mechanically failed lorries and of course the thousands of ZANU-PF Mercedes, Ford Dual-cab and stolen election vehicles.
    Every policeman will tell you, because they fine motorists just for going to work or shopping.
    Shebah must have the only farm that is productive, she must be Dis-grace’s farm manager or something. Zimbabwe needs $3,000,000,000,000 to reduce unemployment by HALF (70% low, 82% actual), that means $6,000,000,000,000 to put everyone to work. What does this foolish Shebah say – “Why is everyone so healthy”, idiot!