Asian countries struggling to meet MDGs

    Despite their laudable efforts in reducing extreme poverty, developing countries in Asia are laboring to meet the standards set in the UN Millennium Development Goals. “The income target will be met but the non-income targets, such as those referring to literacy, nutrition, will probably not be met,” Asian Development Bank chief economist Ifzal Ali stated at the progress report’s launch. He cited corruption as an issue that continues to hamper the efforts of developing countries in improving the lives of their citizens. “Fast, effective delivery of public goods and services is a demonstration by a government of its commitment to reach the very neediest. This is to my mind an acid test, and otherwise everything is just rhetoric, nothing is real,” said Ali. (Source: Asia struggles to meet UN development goals-report/Reuters)

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