- CNTV English - CCTV News

Corruption blocks Africa development goals

03-12-2012 16:31 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Twelve years ago at the start of the new millennium, the international community agreed on a set of development goals to improve health standards and reduce poverty among the world's poorest people. The deadline was 2015, but three years ahead of schedule, Africa is assessing its progress. And despite some advances, there is still a major stumbling block corruption. CCTV Correspondent Chima Nwankwo reports from Nigeria.

The prognosis is good. In the year 2000, all 193 United Nations member states agreed to achieve 8 developmental objectives bordering on eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease, and developing a global partnership for development by 2015. 3 years shy of the deadline Africa has already achieved 4 of the 8 MDGs.

Charles Abugre, Africa coordinator of UN Millennium Development Goals, said, "We are quite close to achieving some of the goals. Goals 2, 3, and 4 are achievable. Every country on the continent will achieve at least 2 goals."

While much of the assistance that is enabling Africa find its feet is based on foreign Direct Investment, research shows that for every dollar of aid that is spent in Africa,10 dollars leaves by way of capital flight through illicit financial flows. Conflict is another issue that weakens local micro economies and effectively ensures that the continent gets caught and stays in what Economist "Jeffrey Sachs calls the poverty trap."

Nelson Muffuh, coordinator of UN Millennium Development Goals, said, "Corruption is having a negative impact but we are working with stakeholders to ensure that we can do something between now and 2015."

Auwal Rafsanjani, civil society activist, said, "Corruption is corruption. There are all types of corruption."

In an age where people are seduced by fancy figures and snazzy. Power point presentations, the UNMDGs office believes it is time for African Leaders to look inwards for solutions to homegrown problems and revive the real sector of the economy.

CCTV's Chima Nwankwo said, "But while the picture appears rosy, corruption has proven a stumbling block. Graft notwithstanding, countries appear to be on track in attaining the Millennium Development Goals with miles to spare. What is coming to light now is that the UN may have set its sights a bit low. Like motivational experts like to say, whatever you do think big."


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program