Overcoming poverty and inequality: Rwanda's progress towards the MDGs

Pamela Ann Abbott, Roger Sapsford, John Rwirahira

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Despite the 1994 genocide there has been annual growth in Rwanda every year since 2000. Poverty has decreased; while the MDG target of 23.8% is unlikely to be met by 2015, the future looks hopeful. The goal of reducing hunger is measured by underweight children – already down to target – and extreme poverty – likely to hit the target. Key to success is reducing dependency on the land, but a majority of the population still depend on their farm or plot. However, hitting targets for reducing poverty is not the same thing as abolishing it, and achieving targets does not necessarily solve problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-934
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number7
Early online date2 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Governance and public policy
  • Gender and diversity
  • Poverty reduction
  • Conflict and reconstruction
  • Sub-Saharan Africa


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