Achieving MDGs: Lessons from Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has recorded marked development progress over the past two decades. The East African country has reduced child mortality by two-thirds since 1990 — achieving the fourth Millennium Development Goal. Called an MDG “success story” by the Overseas Development Institute, Ethiopia is also on track to meet an additional five of the eight MDGs.

“We have really been doing well for quite some time. The economy has been growing significantly [by] double digits. We managed to reduce poverty by 50 percent,” Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia’s minister of finance and economic development, stressed in an interview with Devex late last year.

The single-largest recipient of official development assistance in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia has managed to achieve and sustain these development gains in no small part due to the billions in aid money that flows to the country each year.

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