This report introduces the WBG’s twin goals and presents the first account of the challenge of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. It also provides an update on the world’s progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are due to expire in 2015.
This report provides an in-depth analysis on urbanization as a force for poverty reduction and progress towards the MDGs in the developing world. With less than 1,000 days to go before the MDGs expire, the report highlights the need to accelerate efforts to improve the lives of the poor in both rural and urban areas.
What has been the impact of yet another food price spike on developing countries' ability to make progress toward the Millennium Development Goals? This report summarizes the impacts of food prices on several MDGs, reviews policy responses, and outlines future prospects. Higher food prices have increased undernourishment. As a result, progress towards MDGs closely linked to food and nutrition is lagging, with 105 countries of the 144 monitored not expected to reach MDG 4, and 94 off track on MDG 5.
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