From Robert Tapfumaneyi in Victoria Falls
A DEVELOPMENT expert says there is need to revisit Africa’s developmental approaches as indications showed nine out of 10 people on the continent would be extremely poor by 2030 if the current action plan was not changed.
Oliver Chinganya, the director of African Centre for Statistics (ECA) was speaking at the end of the week-long 6th African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) held in Victoria Falls.
In his closing remarks, Chinganya said since the Victoria Falls Declaration on the Decade of Action for Sustainable Development in Africa had been launched, there was now need to walk the talk by implementing the actions agreed at the Forum.
“This Forum has demonstrated that we all need to revisit our approaches, seek ways to scale up actions that work, bring on board new partnerships and seek strategic alliances to drive transformation,” said Chinganya.
“The current trajectory suggests nine out of the 10 extremely poor people will be in Africa by 2030.
“We need targeted interventions and capacity development in transformational and employing appropriate resources.
“We must act and act collectively. If we invest just part of our resources in the many successful initiatives and programmes that governments, civil society, private sector and UN agencies are implementing, we could achieve the targets within a decade.
“We should, and we must combine forces to achieve greater impacts of a scale that is meaningful to drive the desired change.”
He said there was also need to ensure that Africa’s efforts were equal to or greater than the challenges it planned to address.
“We have over 220 million people classified as hungry, one-fifth of children out of school, youth unemployment continues to grow and over half of the population without electricity.
“We must work together to deliver actions that match the magnitude of the challenges our people face. This Forum has demonstrated that we all need to revisit our approaches, seek ways to scale up actions that work, bring on board new partnerships and seek strategic alliances to drive transformation,” Chinganya.