In some countries, over the last decade, there have been dramatic improvements in education and basic health services, including maternal and child health with – at long last – a reduction in maternal and infant mortality in Africa. There are also signs that Africa is on the move economically, with much more investment in many countries and a much stronger engagement of the private sector, though of course that itself brings concerns about how the private sector will behave and whether that will really be good for people.

When I look back, 2005 and our Make Poverty History campaign was truly ...


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