Why Africa May Not Deliver SDGs By 2030

This year marks the five-year anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 193 countries of the world. This agenda was set towards serving as the major blueprint to achieve a better world and future for all; addressing global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

More than ever, 2020 ushered in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the goals by 2030, but COVID-19 seems to have hindered this aspiration, reversing decades of progress.

Prior to the novel COVID-19 pandemic, Africa was lagging behind most of the world in terms of socio-economic development. In fact, the 2019 Africa SDG Index report ranked 52 African Countries based on 97 indicators across all 17 goals. Only Seychelles and Libya were excluded from ranking due to insufficient data coverage….

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