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African Statistical Yearbook 2010

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The African Statistical Yearbook aims to break with past practices, whereby each regional/subregional organization published their own statistical data on African countries. It is expected that the joint collection and sharing of data between regional institutions will promote a wider use of country data, reduce costs and significantly improve the quality of the data, leading to better monitoring of development initiatives on the continent. The data in this issue of the Yearbook cover the period from 2001 to 2009, or up until the last year for which data are available. There are two parts to this volume: a set of summary tables followed by a set of country profiles.

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Millenium Development Goals

The doubts concerning the ability of African countries to achieve many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015 is a justified concern, even for Goal 2 namely, achieving universal primary education. Target 2A sets out the goal that by 2015, children everywhere – boys and girls alike – will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. The performance of African countries with regard to the above goal has been mixed. While some African countries will achieve this goal ahead of the target date, there are others that may not be able to achieve it.

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